MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LEAGUE
On this special occasion of Youth Day, we commemorate a historic moment in our nation's history and honour the courage, resilience, and determination of the youth who fought for freedom and equality. June 16 serves as a reminder of the power that lies within our youth to effect change and shape the future.
As we reflect on the events that took place on this day in 1976, we are reminded of the indomitable spirit of young people who stood up against injustice, demanding the right to quality education and equal opportunities. Their sacrifices and unwavering commitment to justice continue to inspire us today.
In the face of adversity, the youth of that time rose up as catalysts for transformation. They recognized the importance of education as a tool for empowerment and refused to be silenced. Their unified voices echoed throughout the country, sparking a movement that would challenge the status quo and ultimately pave the way for a brighter future.
Just as the youth of the past played a pivotal role in shaping our society, the youth of today are essential in shaping the future of basketball. They embody the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and perseverance, teaching us the true essence of the game. Through their passion, they inspire us all to strive for greatness and push the boundaries of what is possible. Basketball has the power to unite people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and communities. It transcends boundaries and provides a platform for young players to learn important life skills such as discipline, resilience, and leadership. It instils values that extend far beyond the court, nurturing young individuals into confident, compassionate, and well-rounded individuals.
As we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Basketball National League, let us reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe and inclusive environment for our young basketball players to thrive. Let us continue to mentor, support, and guide them in their journey, helping them develop not only as athletes but also as responsible citizens.
To the young basketball players, we encourage you to dream big and reach for the stars. Your passion for the game is contagious, and your potential is limitless. Embrace the challenges, seize the opportunities, and never lose sight of the values that basketball instils in you. To the coaches, parents, and mentors, we thank you for your tireless dedication and unwavering support. Your guidance and belief in our young players are instrumental in their growth and development. Your commitment to nurturing their talent and character is an invaluable gift that will stay with them throughout their lives.
On this Youth Day, let us celebrate the power of basketball to inspire, transform, and uplift the youth. May this day serve as a reminder of the impact that our young players can make, both on and off the court. Together, let us create a future where basketball continues to be a catalyst for positive change and a source of joy, camaraderie, and personal growth.
ISSUED BY: Dr. A.S Mokoena (Chairman)
DATE: 16 June 2023