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Newcastle (August 9)

The all new National Indigenous 3on3 Basketball and Hip Hop Challenge – the Vibe 3on3® – is coming to Newcastle on Saturday August 9, 2008. This will be the first time the popular sport and music festival has visited the steel city and marks the start of the 3on3s 10th season!

The Vibe 3on3® brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people for a fun day of basketball, dancing, music, health and culture. The event encourages sportsmanship, teaches new skills and builds self-esteem as well as promoting reconciliation at a grassroots level.

Hosted by former Harlem Globetrotter Dwayne Cross and Aboriginal basketball star Claude Williams, the action-packed day features a 3on3 basketball tournament, rapping and break dancing lessons, art workshops, a dance competition and a health expo, all accompanied by a backing track of the latest RnB, hip hop and Indigenous music. The Vibe 3on3® crew also includes break dance champion B Boy 2Ezy, rapper Brothablack and dancers Medika Thorpe and Rachel Kontominas. Also joining the crew in Newcastle will be champion sprinter and Australian Olympian Joshua Ross who will be on hand to encourage the youth to be the best that they can be.

To participate in the Vibe 3on3®, young people need to be at the Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium, Corner of Young and Curley Roads, Broadmeadow from 11am on Saturday 9th August, to register in teams of three to four players. Players without a team will be allocated one by the Vibe crew.

The Vibe 3on3® aims to promote healthy lifestyles, strengthen communities and boost self-esteem. The Vibe 3on3® is also an excellent opportunity for health services and related organisations to introduce themselves to the wider community. For more information go to

The Vibe 3on3® would not be possible without our sponsors Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation, the Department of Health and Ageing through the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, and Vibe Australia.

We also thank our supporters the Koori Mail, Deadly Sounds and Deadly Vibe.

For all media enquiries, please call Mayrah Butt at Vibe Australia on
(02) 9361 0140 or 0405 834 016 or email on [email protected]


Transport details for Saturday’s 3 on 3 event are;

9.30am – Woodberry Noel Unicombe Hall

10am – Raymond Terrace Sturgeon Street bus station

11am – Woodberry Noel Unicombe Hall

11.30am-Raymond Terrace Sturgeon Street bus station

Any questions contact Loft Youth Venue Aboriginal Youth Worker Michelle Cocuzzoli on 49742090 or [email protected]

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