Wolves Basketball Challenge
Warrington Wolves' stars will take to the basketball court for the second year in a row in aid of national charity After Adoption. (Pictured above in 2011)
A team of Wolves' stars will take on an After Adoption All Star team on Saturday 8th December at 10.30am at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Warrington, with the majority of first team players looking to participate. MC for the event will be Paul Sleem.
Basketball legend John Amaechi OBE will be making a rare appearance in the match, joined by former England basketball star Delme Herriman. John is famous for being the first English player to have a successful career in the NBA and went on to play in the NBA for eight years.
Karl Fitzpatrick, Player Welfare Manager for Warrington Wolves, says: "As a club we are at the heart of the local community and strive to produce good people off the pitch as well as good players on it. By taking part in this charity event we can hopefully raise the profile and awareness of After Adoption which provides such a valuable, supportive role to so many individuals and families. All the players and coaches who played in the last basketball event really enjoyed themselves whilst supporting such a fantastic cause. We hope that the local community will join us this year to watch the players put through their paces in a totally different ball game!"
John Amaechi added: "This charity match promises to be a lot of fun as well as raising funds for a well deserving cause. Every child deserves a good start in life by being brought up in a loving family. Certainly, a happy childhood goes a long way to achieving potential in life."
Delme, who was adopted himself, achieved his dream to become a basketball player and had a career lasting over 25 years. The bronze medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games now works with Manchester-based After Adoption as a Community Fundraiser. Delme organised the Warrington Wolves' inaugural charity basketball match last year and due to popular demand it is becoming an annual event.
"Following on from the success of last year, we are looking forward to another fantastic event. We can't predict the result but we can guarantee a morning of fun and laughter, with a competitive edge," says Delme.
Actor Ian Whyte, who is 7 foot 1 inches tall and played with John and Delme for the national team 10 years ago is also taking his place at the event. He said: "I feel quite privileged to be a part of this exciting charity event. Delme Herriman is an old friend and I did not hesitate to agree to help him raise money for After Adoption. It has been a while since I have shot a basketball in anger. I feel that I should probably get some training in otherwise I'm quite certain that my old team mates will be falling over themselves to point out just how long it has been."
One of the UK's leading adoption charities, After Adoption works to find loving homes for children in care, helps birth relatives deal with loss, supports those searching for a relative, works with adoptive families, and provides counselling and information to all those affected by adoption.
With a dedicated family finding service, Families that Last, After Adoption has extensive experience of finding permanent carers for children who cannot stay with their birth parents, and providing the lifelong support to make these placements work.
Tickets are £7 for adults, £4 for OAPs and children and £20 for family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) They can be obtained from www.afteradoption.org.uk/basketball or calling Delme on 07729 497402
23, Nov, 2012