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Slam dunk for Darwin's basketball teens


It's late on a Saturday night and Northern Territory teenagers are shooting hoops at a community-run program teaching more than just ball skills.

Darwin's Midnight Basketball competition is designed to change young lives for the better, bringing children from different cultures together and keeping them off the streets and off the couch.

Since 2015 some 350 boys and girls aged 12 to 18 have come through the doors of the tournament, where the motto is "no workshop, no jump shot".

Up to 80 players battle it out over eight-weeks, but they also get a hot meal, transport, and life skills training in job readiness, drug and alcohol awareness, financial planning and mental health.

The free project started in Australia in 2007, coming all the way from the Bronx in New York as a strategy to reduce anti-social behaviour among at risk youngsters.