Sureway Announced as Wollongong Roller Hawks Naming Rights Sponsor
Sureway Employment & Training are proud to be announced as the naming rights sponsor of the Wollongong Roller Hawks for their 2019 season in the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL).
The Roller Hawks are a community organisation run by a dedicated group of volunteers, with Sponsorship Coordinator Sonia Taylor saying that the team’s participation in the National League is only made possible via a combination of grants, donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorship.
“As a team the Roller Hawks can only afford to play in the National Wheelchair Basketball League through the generosity of our sponsors.
“It’s been a long time since we have had a naming rights sponsor and we are excited to have Sureway come on board as our Naming Rights Sponsor for our 2019 season.” She said.
The team provides wheelchair athletes the opportunity to travel Australia and play at the highest level whilst living in their local area in the Illawarra. The Roller Hawks are the only regionally-based team in the National League and was formed to provide sporting opportunities to those outside of capital cities.
The partnership comes after Brad Fisher, a Roller Hawk team member and Sureway Employment Consultant, recognised the opportunity for the two organisations to come together. Sureway NSW Regional Manager Michael Lee said that he saw the partnership as a great avenue to not only support community members to live and achieve locally, but also as an opportunity to further Sureway’s advocacy for disability awareness.
“There are still many preconceptions about people with disability, including that they might require extra effort in the workplace, but in fact there are actually a wealth of benefits from improved team morale to longevity in the role and good corporate social responsibility.” said Mr Lee.
Mr Lee agreed that The Roller Hawks attitude towards sport mirrored Sureway’s attitude to employment – there are mass flow on effects for the community.
“As a business, we believe that no matter your current circumstances, there will always be opportunities to succeed, contribute and participate – whether that is in sport, work, volunteering, education or other avenues
“When it comes to employment for people with disability, one job can make a difference to not just that one person but their entire family and support network.” Mr Lee said.
“It’s not only the financial benefits but it’s the social aspects, the feeling of having a purpose.”
The Roller Hawks said they were looking forward to their new season with Sureway on board.
“We believe there are some great synergies between our respective organisations and we hope this will be a mutually beneficial partnership and then continue for many years.” Said Ms Taylor.