Team members of a local basketball team say being a part of the Gators has helped them in other aspects of their lives.
The Wharenui Gators are a basketball club based in the western suburbs of Christchurch.
Their intent is as much on growing people in their ‘catchment’ area as it is growing the sport of basketball.
They believe basketball is a vehicle to provide communities of high-risk young people with positive role models, physical activity and values derived from teamwork.
They expose children, young people and adults to the benefits of working in teams and have a diverse range of ages, races, beliefs and economic background of individuals and families involved in the club.
The club has a strong focus on giving people a development pathway as not just players, but also referees, coaches and other administration positions.