A BASKETBALL program designed for children with autism was a big hit on the Mornington District Basketball Association courts last week.
The first Ausome Hoops program, held at Mornington Secondary College, was developed by Mornington basketball coach Phoebe McShane.
It came about after the 16-year-old Padua College student saw a need for a basketball camp suited to the specific needs of the children.
“We had a fantastic response with many parents overwhelmed that their children are able to participate in a basketball program structured specifically for autism,” association general manager Samantha Browne said.
A group of dedicated volunteers spent two days with the children, allowing it to be run for free.
“The volunteers have a range of skills from specialist teachers, university students, accredited basketball coaches, parents of children with autism and a number of our Breakers players just wanting to be involved,” Ms Browne said.
“We would love to deliver this type of program on an ongoing basis and we hope to seek sponsorship or funding to ensure the program remains viable in the future.”