P.A.W.E.S – Providing Awareness and Education through Sport is a not for profit association aimed at marginalised and disadvantaged young people. It provides them the opportunity to coach, learn and play competitive basketball in their local Hoop Dreamz teams around Brisbane.
David Yohan developed the volunteer organization in 2008 after arriving in Australia from Ethiopia in 1993 under a humanitarian program as a refugee. What started out with 5-6 players has now grown to more than 150 players.
The organisation’s slogan is ‘many shades one shadow’ and welcomes young people from all areas of Brisbane, offering physical activity and social interaction as well as education and life skills. Find out more.
Australian Football has the capacity to bring people together from diverse cultural backgrounds. With this in mind, the AFL is working closely with the state football bodies to build strong working relationships with many diverse communities to identify barriers and to develop strategies to encourage involvement.
The program aims to introduce young people from targeted culturally and linguistically diverse communities to Australian Football and to influence mainstream Australian Football clubs to embrace multicultural diversity as part of their ongoing operations.