Ford GM rolls in to score some hoops

FORD Australia’s sponsorship with the Boomers, Opals and Basketball Australia’s Aussie Hoops program is also a win for the Cumberland Basketball Centre, home of the Parramatta Wildcats, in Lidcombe.

At a local dealership level, Suttons Ford Homebush reached out with a sponsorship offer and a partnership has been formed with the centre, which is located just around the corner from the dealership.
Dealer Principal Osama Makhoul said the centre had been in the community for decades and for Suttons Ford Homebush, it was a no-brainer to get on board with the centre at a grassroots level and through their UBL tournament.
“We are excited to see where the partnership can go,” he said.
“We plan to work with the centre to help grow community basketball, and support their ongoing programs, and assist in creating new initiatives.”
Basketball Centre General Manager Dawn Burke said they were thrilled as she usually didn’t get organisations reaching out, it’s more a case of her having to chase funding.
“But Suttons Ford have been very kind and are genuinely keen to help promote basketball in the community and help get more kids off the street,” she said.
“We’ll now be able to afford more junior and senior coaches and introduce more programs for youth.
“Members will also be able to get 10 per cent off the cost of their car services and possibly even a discount on car purchases.
“It’s going to be so fantastic for the local community and we are very grateful and humbled.”