Four SportsAid athletes selected for Olympic basketball team
05 Jul 2012
On July 5 the British Olympic Association announced the 12-strong basketball team that would represent Great Britain at the Olympics and SportsAid is proud to confirm that the charity has supported four of them.
Among them is Luol Deng (see photo) who was supported by SportsAid in 2001 while he was still living in London. He is now based in the USA and plays for the Chicago Bulls.
The BOA’s announcement takes the total number of SportsAid athletes in Team GB to 302 (out of 541) – having received SportsAid and/or TASS awards during their career (SportsAid manages TASS on behalf of UK Sport). The four basketball players among them are:
- Dan Clarke (from London) – SportsAid Award in 2005
- Luol Deng (from London) – SportsAid Award in 2001
- Joel Freeland (from Surrey) – TASS Award in 2005
- Andrew Lawrence (from Surrey) – SportsAid Award in 2006
Congratulations to all of the athletes selected – we are looking forward to seeing you in action.
Photo: Luol Deng (R) goes to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers' Jrue Holiday (L) during the first half of the NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff in Chicago on 28 April 2012. From Action Images.
As SportsAid’s patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – an inspiring generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy welcomed the patronage by saying, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”