Preface by Janx
PICTURED: Anyang back home in Gawler on a recent visit.
As Director of Coaching Central Districts Lions, I can still remember about 8 or so years ago when through some funding through the church, local council and other community organisations a team of players from the African immigrant community was joining our club. I had the opportunity to coach this team and took it up. Tony Moore, who now runs Hoops4Life (click here for info on this great program), a coach involved with the club at the time, had set up these arrangements and it was really the first time in our state those new Aussies from the Sudanese and African community really got involved at high level competition en-masse in South Australia. I had the opportunity to get to know many of these guys and to this day love catching up with them, be it Machar Machar (Midland College, a Junior College), Kiir Deng (University Louisiana Monroe), Mabior Garang were just some of the guys that played in this exciting run and gun team. The thing I loved about coaching these guys was how much they loved the game, what it meant to them and how badly they wanted to learn. Since that time I’ve been fortunate to work with many from this community be it Lat Mayen (2017 TCU Commit), Biar Garang (US Prep School), Jimma Dau (Central Districts Lions Premier League) and of course Anyang Garang. Each of these lads has been great to work with and get to know.
I have since found out that many of these athletes have come through the Adelaide Warriors basketball club. A club that is run, and consists mostly of players from the South Sudanese immigrant community. Lat’s brother Aciek Mayen actually ran the club for quite a few years and did an incredible job with helpers like Scott Freer and Rashad Tucker along the way. The Warriors take part in 2 main tournaments each year. One is in July and another in December and they train and play together each week and compete in competitions around town. Jye Watson blogged on "Sudanese Basketball, Doin' it for Love" in August 2016.
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