Twilight Basketball beacon brightens PNG's darkest streets

25 September 2018

By ABC’s Aaron Kearney

Boys with basketball balls
Twilight Basketball is giving the children of Kaugere somewhere safe to play. Image: ABC - Aaron Kearney

On a Friday night during Twilight Basketball, the Tauram Aquatic and Indoor Centre doors are flung open for families to play ball — families who would otherwise be on the mean streets of Port Moresby.

Hundreds make the hour-long trek from Kaugere on foot to participate in the game, funded through the Pacific Sports Partnerships program.

Families in Gerehu, Hohola and other notorious suburbs from all compass points do likewise and as the sun sinks in the capital, Friday night fear turns to fun.

"At nights after events like this, before I sleep, I stand on my balcony and look at the lights of Port Moresby and wonder how many lives we saved today," says Basketball Federation of PNG's Nick Daroa.

It's not hyperbole.

Two thousand in one night is the record.

Find out more about how a local re-invention of a global street basketball program is offering safe shelter from the streets of Papu New Guinea’s capital in this ABC International Development feature: Twilight Basketball beacon brightens PNG's darkest streets .

Last Updated: 25 September 2018