Celebrities and athletes excited to showcase basketball skills at Hoops Aid 2015

With Hoops Aid 2015 only days away, I caught up with BWB Women’s captain Sophie Carrigill to talk about the importance of the event.

The Help for Heroes Basketball Team vs Paralympians, in which Carrigill will be starring, will be the first fixture on the day’s schedule.

Speaking of her excitement at taking part in the wheelchair basketball showcase Carrigill, 21, said “I’m really looking forward to being a part of Hoops Aid and playing at The O2 Arena. It’s great to be helping support Sports Traider – who are an amazing charity looking to help disadvantaged children into sport.”

Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter), reporting for the BBL, also caught up with several key figures before Sunday’s showpiece event.

“Sports Traider is a great cause. It ties in with what I’ve tried to do on Breakfast over the last nine years to break down barriers. People tell me they can’t take part in a sport because they’re too embarrassed or too old. But it should be accessible to everyone.” BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell told Brown.

Marlon “Swoosh” Wallen, founder of Flawless promised to keep fans entertained, “unfortunately we can’t play ourselves but our performances will reference basketball. I can’t tell you too much but it will be a big surprise, Flawless-style!”

Dalton Grant, former Commonwealth high jump champion and three-time Olympian, told Brown “I’m playing in the wheelchair basketball game. Obviously I’m able-bodied and I’ve never even thought of doing something like this before. But it’s all for a good cause and I’m up for the challenge. I admire just how much wheelchair players have to go through.”

Two-time Paralympic gold medallist, Hannah Cockroft MBE will also be in attendance for Hoops Aid. Speaking to Brown, Cockcroft said “my first sport was wheelchair basketball so I love it! I guess really, I just follow the entire wheelchair basketball league, as I know so many of the players.

It is fun for people of all ages, it is affordable, it’s accessible, it really is just the perfect day! And there is already so much support from celebrities and the media, all getting behind it, it’s fantastic seeing it take off.”

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Source: BBL