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Big stakes to play for in green v gold basketball action
- Updated: August 7, 2015
Green vs Gold wheelchair basketball action at its best will be on display at the Mandeville Sports Complex, Bezuidenhout Valley, Johannesburg on Saturday with Sasol and Wheelchair Basketball SA having upped the stakes with cash prizes for the winning team.
The match, to be contested between two of the strongest combinations in the Sasol South African senior men’s wheelchair basketball squad, will start at 1pm.
As a gesture towards making a difference to a disability-related organisation in need of financial assistance, the Sasol Amawheelaboys squad have joined Sasol and Wheelchair Basketball SA in opening their hearts to hand over 50% of the winning prize from the three remaining Green vs Gold fixtures.
This financial assistance will go the way of the Netcare Rehabilitation Service to Persons with Disabilities and the Hope School for physically disabled children in Parktown, Johannesburg.
With a total of R36 000 in prize money up for grabs, this will see R18 000 going the way of the players and the other R18000 being handed to the identified organisations following the completion of the Green vs Gold Series.
Following Saturday’s fixture, the remaining Green vs Gold matches will take place at Mandeville on Saturday, 12 September and Saturday, 25 October.
‘Wheelchair Basketball SA is proud to enter into this partnership with Sasol and I have no doubt that the scoring shots will be flying through the hoops thick and fast at Mandeville in the remaining Green vs Gold Series matches,’ said Wheelchair Basketball SA CEO Charles Saunders.
‘It’s these sort of relationships between a sports organisation and sponsor that not only inspire our players, but can also make a meaningful difference to society.’
Sasol Group Sponsorship Manager Richard Hughes said: ‘As Sasol, we are pleased with the spirit of upliftment put in place by the Sasol Amawheelaboys and Wheelchair Basketball SA. As a company, we are committed to the Sasol For Good programme, a Sasol Employee Volunteering Programme which aims to transform communities and our people through acts of service, and we see the new initiative announced by Wheelchair Basketball SA as an extention of that programme through the efforts of the amawheelaboys – we are proud of them.’
Apart from the Green vs Gold Series, the country’s wheelchair basketball stars will also be involved in the five-international Sasol All Star Series against the New Zealand Roller Blacks at Mandeville from 28 August to 5 September.
This will be followed by participation at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) African Qualifiers in Algiers, Algeria from 31 October to 7 November, with the winning African nation qualifying to represent the continent at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.