Macarthur businesses ready for 2019 Jamm and Slamm

FOCUSED: Action from the 2018 Jamm and Slamm challenge in Minto. Picture: Simon Bennett
FOCUSED: Action from the 2018 Jamm and Slamm challenge in Minto. Picture: Simon Bennett

Prepare for an exciting day of spills and thrills in Minto next month – and it’s all in the name of charity.

Macarthur Disability Services (MDS) will run its 11th Jamm and Slamm wheelchair basketball challenge at Minto Indoor Sports Centre on March 1.

The event is the MDS’ major annual fundraiser and is open to all Macarthur businesses.

MDS general manager of marketing and engagement Caitlin Pearson said preparations were on track for this year’s challenge.

“The Jamm and Slamm is a chance to give people real-life experience of what life is like in a wheelchair,” she said.

“Teams consist of staff members and their customers and people get into the spirit of the challenge.

“It gets really competitive by the end of the day.”

More than 20 businesses took part in last year’s Jamm and Slamm

Local radio station C91.3 won the coveted title while the challenge raised more than $12,000 for MDS.

Ms Pearson said the Jamm and Slamm was crucial to help MDS provide services across the region.

“On average, we raise $15,000 to $20,000 each year and more than $150,000 has been raised over years,” she said.

“Funds go towards getting equipment or providing services. Last year’s money went towards holding a Christmas party for our clients.”

Ms Pearson said the Jamm and Slamm had simple rules to follow.

“There are five players per team on the court but teams can also have substitutes,” she said.

“The basketball rings are set at a normal height which can be challenging.

“Our referees tend to be pretty lenient, especially at the start of the day.”

Six businesses have signed up for next month’s challenge but Ms Pearson said entries were still open.

Entry cost is $2000 per business.

The MDS Jamm and Slamm will be held at Minto Indoor Sports Centre from 11am on March 1.