Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FRIENDLY 'DELLY' A WINNER IN IPSWICH; International Basketballer Inspires Kids at Fun Afternoon

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FRIENDLY 'DELLY' A WINNER IN IPSWICH; International Basketballer Inspires Kids at Fun Afternoon

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

Great pics

Don't miss tomorrow's QT for a special photo spread featuring the NBA player's visit to Ipswich.

IT took initiative, commitment and creativity for a group of Ipswich girls to lure Aussie National Basketball Association (NBA) star Matthew "Delly'' Dellavedova to the city.

However, the girls were delighted to win a national social media competition that benefited so many other young people at the weekend.

Delly was a popular visitor at Ipswich Stadium on Saturday, inspiring the next generation of players during a fun afternoon at Booval.

The Milwaukee Bucks point guard had a private session with the girls who spent three months completing a number of social media challenges to meet Delly in person.

The Australian Boomers and NBA title-winning player then had a question and answer session before interacting with more than 80 kids in an open coaching clinic at Ipswich Stadium.

A relaxed Delly clearly enjoyed his time, sharing in the fun drills and smiling throughout his sessions.

The look on the faces of the young basketballers showed how much they valued his time before he returns to the US to continue his NBA career.

Former Ipswich state league captain and current junior coach Vicki Foran oversaw the group of girls who entered the national competition.

Being a Delly fan herself, Foran was just as excited as the kids and other coaches involved in the afternoon of activities.

"It was just fantastic,'' Foran said.

"I'm just so grateful that he's done that because he's such an inspiration for the young kids.''

Delly, 26, last year shared in the NBA championship success of the Cleveland Cavaliers, having been recruited by the power US club in 2013.

Foran had followed Delly's career from playing with the Australian Institute of Sport to joining the world renowned Saint Mary's College of California program in 2009 before he was later drafted into the NBA.

Delly finished his college stint with Saint Mary's as the all-time leader in scoring, assists, games played, free-throw percentage and three-point shots. …

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