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David Spear | The Free Throw Foundation; History, values and purpose. An inspiring for story for all of us.

January 7, 2019

Preface by Coach Janx

 

We believe that sports builds and strengthens communities and society.  Growth, enhancement and success of our sport throughout all communities and niche talent pools, regardless of the financial background of participants, can provide many opportunities to develop our sport and, more broadly and importantly, also our communities.  This attracts us to the organisation David Spear setup called the Free Throw Foundation (FTF). FTF aims to provide the same opportunities for all regardless of financial challenges they may face. 

 

Before we look at the FTF let's learn a bit more about David:

When you look at achievements there are people that are a success in so many diverse endeavours.  This is done through hard work, seemingly no fear of failure and with a great team around them.  That has been the pattern of success and leadership for David. Be it as a National Basketball Basketball League (NBL) premiership player, premiership player at South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL) level (as Team Captain), triple premiership player and captain at State League level.  Few have won premierships at all 3 levels of Australian basketball by the way.  He has coached State teams for South Australia, won multiple state junior championships with West Adelaide, as well as a State League title with the club.  Professionally he has held numerous, challenging corporate leadership positions including, up until recently, with Basketball SA (peak basketball body in the state of South Australia) and the Adelaide 36ers (our local NBL Pro club) as a board member.  He has even studied at Harvard.

 

 PICTURED: 1986 Invincibles.  Considered one of the greatest NBL teams of all time, with David on the far left of the middle row.