‘Shooting Hoops For Social Inclusion’ has now become a staple event in the University calendar, with this year’s event being the fourth iteration of the wheelchair basketball day.
Organised by Pulse with the support of the Malta Wheelchair Basketball Association, this year’s event brought together some 15 student organisations all with one cause: that of promoting inclusivity within sport by placing persons in the shoes of others and experiencing sport from another perspective.
Speaking at the launch of the event, Parliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Anthony Agius Decelis said that Pulse were setting a standard in the sporting sector through their passing of the message of inclusion within this sector.
Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, Youth and Voluntary Organisations Clifton Grima meanwhile also praised Pulse for their raising awareness on the matter of social inclusivity.
Pulse Secretary General Noel Mifsud spoke to The Yuppie about the event, saying that it has now become an annual staple which is well regarded for its primary scope: that of uniting various University Students and promoting social inclusion through sports.
Moreover, Mifsud said, student organisations are invited to put themselves in another person’s shoes, experience sport from another perspective and celebrate ability in disability.
“As an organisation, we feel that the events of this calibre should be held more frequently”, he said before adding that “this event is now reaching its fourth rendition since its inception, and we feel that the message put across throughout the years has been well transmitted”.
“The need to live in a more inclusive society is compulsory, and everyone should play his part in mainstreaming disability at the end of the day”, he said.
He also noted that this event seeks “to pass on a message of encouragement to everyone; that of believing you can achieve great results when maximum effort is put.”
He said that Pulse will look to keep this event going in the long run and added that the organisation would also guarantee that a series of events of this nature shall be taking place in the near future.
Organisations that took part in this year’s edition of Shooting Hoops For Social Inclusion included KNZ, SDM, ELSA, GhSL, DESA, SPS, KSJC, KSM, ASCS, ESO, JCA, JEF Malta, S-Cubed, Insite, MHSA, and Betapsi.