Sydney Kings - Guy Neville
Sydney Kings’ Co-Captain Ben Madgen is set for a return to Santa Teresa, located in the Northern Territory, roughly 80km outside of Alice Springs. He is set to spend five days in the region undertaking community activities and providing assistance to the Indigenous children in the area.
Madgen made a trip to NT in 2012 with his sister Tess Madgen, a WNBL player with the Bulleen Boomers. The trip included a basketball clinic as part of a three day visit to the region.
This time around, Madgen will be heading up with his brother, Jack Madgen, who plays college basketball in the US for Delta State in Mississippi. 'Madge' will go to the area where his mother, Deb, is currently teaching.
Madgen noted that this time the community work will extend beyond the basketball court and into the classroom.
“We're branching out into the classroom as well, talking about nutrition and how important education is as well as hydration,” said Madgen.
Madgen explained that the clinics will also be run in a different fashion with the basketball skill development spanning across five days in order to give a more personalised experience.
“This year I'm doing four hours of coaching per day, with personalised classes throughout the school. Each class will come in for an hour and that will keep rotating,” he said.
Madgen was able to take the time to visit the area in part due to his recent injury at a Boomers camp in June which will keep him on the sidelines for a number of months. He assured Kings’ fans that his rehab was on track and that it wouldn't cease while he was on his trip.
“My ankle is coming along really well. I'm walking now and I've got my small weights to take up with me to keep up the rehab while I'm there,” he explained.
'Madge' will be keeping everyone up to date with his trip as it happens so be sure to keep an eye on the Sydney Kings Facebook page and Twitter Feed.
Watch Ben talk about his trip with Sydney Kings TV: