A Stitch in Time is proud to announce an exciting collaboration in partnership with the ABA (Australian Basketballers Association) and the NBL & WNBL. Representatives from respective teams will wear customised basketball shoes advocating the importance of mental health and highlighting the alarming statistics surrounding this issue. Using the exceptional talents of local artists Hans Bruechle (@handbrakeart) & Adam Sugiarto (@psychedlic_garb); each shoe will carry significant personalised value with unique and individualised designs whilst also connecting the organisation A Stitch in Time.
This initiative will commence Round 10 of the NBL & Round 11 of the WNBL (December 14th). At the conclusion of these round(s), shoes will be donated and auctioned off. All funds raised will be used by A Stitch in Time to continue current programs and implement new initiatives. The current list of players from the NBL includes: Chris Goulding (Melbourne United), Jason Cadee (Sydney Kings), Cam Gliddon (Cairns Taipans), Tom Abercrombie (New Zealand Breakers), Kevin White (Illawarra Hawks), Shaun Bruce (Brisbane Bullets) & Mitch Creek (Adelaide 36ers). The WNBL player representatives includes: Belinda Snell (Sydney Uni Flames), Rachel Jarry (Canberra Capitals), Abby Bishop (Adelaide Lightning), Jenna O’Hea (Melbourne Boomers), Darcee Garbin (Townsville Fire), Tessa Lavey (Dandenong Rangers) & Gabe Richards (Bendigo Spirit). There will be multiple representatives from both the Perth Wildcats & Perth Lynx.
Founder of A Stitch in Time Greg Hire commended the incredible support of the ABA and specifically the players involved in this initiative. Their willingness to support this endeavour is incredible, and by using their voices to amplify a message, can and will have a profound impact on the mental health landscape
‘And by expressing our voices effectively, we aim to not only create awareness but to stimulate behavioural change by improving mental health literacy, increasing help seeking behaviours and reducing stigma in relation to mental health," he said.
"Basketball is an incredible sport which impacts a wide variety of demographics, a truly inclusive sport that is deeply entrenched at a grass roots level. Mental Illness does not discriminate, and as the country’s biggest health issue. Suicide is the largest killer of individual’s aged 15-44. To have some of the sport’s biggest stars that have the ability to inspire and connect with fans of the NBL & WNBL and advocate the importance of positive mental health will create significant conversations.
Silence and stigma are, without question, massive barriers that prevent individuals from recognising and taking action on mental health or reaching out for help when we’re struggling.
We hope this is the start of a constant conversation about how we can all play a part in overcoming these barriers and supporting a mentally healthy Australia’.
Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Basketballer's Association commented on the partnership. 'The ABA and players are extremely pleased to support A Stitch In Time and this initiative. It is one that is close to many of our players hearts and w're proud to be shining more light on the importance of mental health and wellbeing'
Once again A Stitch in Time needs to thank the respective players for their tremendous support of our endeavours and we look forward to showcasing these terrific designs. Stay tuned for further announcements and design releases