The Australian Government and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) successfully launched the Hoops for Health Basketball program in Kiribati in May 2016. At the launch a passionate elderly women from the tiny atoll nation remarked: "This is the first ever sports program which encouraged us to be more involving in the sports as for maintaining good health. I am thankful to the Basketball Federation and the Australian Government for funding this program. It is worthy as healthy women may contribute much to the development in Kiribati in the future." Women are not always seen as equal throughout the Pacific but programs such as this help to showcase and promote the strength and resilience of women.
Kiribati Basketball Federation launches women's community program