Barnardos children to see Kings hold court

Taking a break from training last Monday ahead of their big weekend of travel, players from the Sydney Kings met with a group of children from Barnardos Australia.

As well as donating some basketballs and posters for use by the child protection charity, the Kings also handed over 500 tickets to their next home game at Qudos Bank Arena against Melbourne on December 23.

Coach Andrew Gaze described meeting the eager youngsters as "one of the real privileges of playing elite sport".

"Our challenges and our difficulties are put in perspective when you think of people that are struggling and don't have a roof over their head," he said.

"We beat ourselves up over a loss, but we get to go home, we've all got great families and we live a privileged life.

"It does make sure that we really understand what's really important, and hopefully that we can bring some joy and happiness throughout the festive season to some people that are doing it tough." Handing over the tickets, Gaze did have one stipulation, urging the youngsters to be as loud as possible and to scream out their support for the Kings as they take on their arch-rivals from Victoria.

A spokesperson for Barnardos said the young people were thrilled to attend the training session and were also looking forward to attending the King's home game and cheering them on.

(This article first appeared in Auburn Review)

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