3on3 Challenge coming to Coffs

Break dancer Jason Campbell goes through some moves with kids at the Wyong Vibe 3on3.
Break dancer Jason Campbell goes through some moves with kids at the Wyong Vibe 3on3. SUBMITTED

GET ready for a day of eclectic education and energetic movement as the National Indigenous 3on3 Basketball and Hip Hop Challenge hits Coffs Harbour on March 4.

The Vibe 3on3 event will feature basketball, hip hop, rapping and break dancing as well as a host of cultural and artistic activities.

The day is free for Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australians and encourages sportsmanship, teaches new skills and builds self-esteem as well as promoting reconciliation at a grassroots level.

Head of events Mayrah Sonter said the event 11 years ago featured only basketball but had evolved with the growing interests of the kids.

“We picked up what kids are interested in along the way, like hip hop and break dancing, which have become so popular, and incorporated that into an engaging, fun and active event,” Ms Sonter said.

“The day is all about encouraging children to lead healthy and active lifestyles, to avoid smoking and drugs, to get an education and maintain healthy bodies and minds.”

Hosted by former Harlem Globetrotter Dwayne Cross and Aboriginal basketball star Claude Williams, the event will incorporate a 3on3 basketball tournament, rapping and break dancing lessons, art workshops, a dance competition and a health expo, all accompanied by a backing track of the latest in RnB, hip hop and indigenous music.

The Jimmy Little Foundation will also be there with good advice for young people on nutrition.

The indigenous legend is promoting the Thumbs Up program about how healthy tucker leads to a long life and has sponsored a barbecue, which will include salad, fruit and brown bread to accompany the traditional snags.

To participate in the Vibe 3on3, young people need to pre-register in teams of five through their school by February 25. The event is capped at 400 kids, so get in quick to gain your spot at the 3on3.

The event will be held at the Sportz Central in Bray St from 9am to 2.30pm on March 4.

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