2024 Inclusive Round: Sal’s NBL Embracing Diversity in Basketball

The Sal's National Basketball League (Sal's NBL) is thrilled to unveil the second annual Inclusive Round, a collaborative initiative in partnership with Special Olympics NZ and organisations nationwide. This special event aims to shine a spotlight on the inclusive nature of basketball, emphasising that the game is open to players of all ages, sizes, and abilities. It also presents an extraordinary opportunity to honour the achievements of athletes and their contributions to their respective fields.

Scheduled to take place across Rounds 3 & 4 this April, Inclusive Round 2024 will see a collaboration between the Sal's NBL and Special Olympics New Zealand as we celebrate the 2nd Annual initiative. 

General Manager of Leagues, Maree Taylor says "We are thrilled to unveil Inclusive Round 2024, honouring the achievements of our Special Olympics athletes. This event highlights that basketball belongs to all New Zealanders. We warmly welcome fans and players to unite with us in commemorating diversity, nurturing solidarity, and advocating inclusiveness within our basketball community and beyond."

During this engaging event, teams from the Sal's NBL will join forces with athletes with disabilities from across the country, coming together in various ways to demonstrate the true spirit of inclusivity. From April 11th to 24th , fans and players alike can anticipate a series of activities that will ensure everyone is involved and inspired:

  • In-depth Training Sessions: Sal's NBL teams will work closely with inclusive teams during dedicated training sessions before the round, sharing invaluable basketball knowledge and fostering a supportive environment.
  • Unified Sport: Special Olympics Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team, so make sure you come early to watch these captivating half time showcases.
  • 5 on 5 half-time games, giving disabled athletes the chance to show their skills inf front of
  • Spotlight on Achievements: Throughout Sal's NBL games over the two round special moments will be dedicated to honouring the outstanding accomplishments of these exceptional athletes and volunteers that help make it possible underscoring their dedication, resilience, and triumphs.

“The Sal’s NBL is paving the way for true inclusion and understanding. This is an opportunity to shine the light on the abilities and value of individuals with intellectual disabilities, fostering a more inclusive society for all.  We look forward to celebrating our athletes’ skills and passion for the game with the wider Basketball Whānau.” says Fran Scholey, Special Olympics New Zealand Chief Executive.

From Invercargill to Auckland and everywhere in between, the Sal's NBL is committed to promoting inclusivity within the basketball community and beyond. Inclusive Round 2024 stands as a testament to our shared belief that basketball transcends barriers, empowering individuals to showcase their talents and achieve greatness regardless of their circumstances.

“After many of our athletes enjoyed fantastic experiences during last year’s Inclusion Round, Special Olympics New Zealand are incredibly excited to partner with the Sal’s NBL for this wonderful initiative once again. We look forward to celebrating our athletes’ skills and passion for the game of Basketball over the coming month in such a positive and inclusive environment.” says Al Robson, Special Olympics New Zealand Board Chair.

Join us in celebrating diversity, camaraderie, and the power of basketball during Inclusive Round 2024. Together, we can inspire and unite as we cheer for a more inclusive future.


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