Petition to Sport Malta, Ministry for education
Grant Free Access to Outdoor Basketball Courts
The issue Although there is a considerable interest in pick-up basketball in Malta, it has become practically inexistent on the island. Furthermore, all the efforts to revive and develop pick-up basketball are just in vain due to the lack of open courts, the difficulties & expenses related if individuals were to even try and book the existing outdoor courts. The idea To mitigate this situation, a good start would be to find an understanding and officially establish for the general public, free access to the basketball Courts in Marsa Sports complex at least the week ends or better; from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. Even better... Further actions could be to follow Verdala International School's example and during weekends or outside school/working hours, grant free access to outdoor basketball courts in least one school per town. The facts Although Malta has fascinating weather which allows people to practice physical activities outdoors all year long, Almost all outdoor basketball courts are closed behind fences and are not freely accessible by the population. The entry is either denied, or you may face being expelled by a warden or the police If you manage somehow to access the court and play without an authorization obtained via a club. This policy has seriously impeded the existence of social basketball/street basketball, as well as its horizontal and vertical development. What are we missing Pick up basketball by its nature is open to all genders, age groups, social classes and levels of the game. Unlike basketball clubs, academies or training camps, there is no prerequisite to join in. Therefore, there is a chance for everyone to enjoy and even improve irrespectively of the physical abilities, financial or social statuses. And, if there is at least one open outdoor court in each town, there won't even be a distance issue. Note that organizations or individuals trying to set-up street-ball tournaments, or free training groups struggle and many times have given up. This, because without open outdoor courts, it is hard to find pick up players and without pick up/outdoor players it is impossible to run real outdoor competitions or trainings. Allowing free access to those courts at least the weekends, will definitely mitigate these issues and with time, create more opportunities for the development of free outdoor physical activities in general and basketball in particular. The hope The good news is that there is no need to build brand new basketball courts: They already exist and many remain unused especially outside school/working hours. There is a rise in the number of people willing to play basketball socially, improve their skills, or just have active family or friends bonding time playing basketball outside of their school/working hours. Unfortunately, there is no open court where they could just go and do so. Therefore we hope and call the relevant authorities to grant free access to at least one outdoor basketball court per town starting with the ones in Marsa sports complex.
Petition to NBA
Support Epilepsy During November Challenge
Epilepsy Awareness is a wonderful and inspirational cause for the NBA to take up. We are reaching out to the NBA Teams and their sponsors asking them to support Epilepsy Awareness during the month of November and every November! We ask that NBA games would feature players, coaches and referees wearing purple game apparel, as well as additional short announcements on the PA system and in-stadium messages, all to help raise awareness for this very important campaign, it would mean more than they could even imagine. Most of the apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with special game balls and purple coins could be auctioned off at NBA Auction, with proceeds benefiting fantastic Epilepsy Organizations around the country and the world! Picture a packed stadium all in white then every one out one hundred are wearing a purple shirt that is how many is affected in the stadium alone. Now one in 200 have white with purple writing those are or have been affected by Epilepsy. Wouldn't it be awesome to see the support in a stadium knowing that they care and hear what so many are afraid to discuss? Head injuries while playing sports can easily lead to a seizure or long term concussion problems. There is only one problem. The funding for the ongoing research is so minimal that some may never know of a cure or help. The knowledge of what a seizure is and the effects it has on the families as well as the patient is so minimal that many just have become dormant and may never get the chance to attend a basketball game. This illness is real. Its time we start showing support and no longer sit back! 3 million Americans have been diagnosed with epilepsy and the numbers keep growing by the day, month and year! Of the millions of Americans in this country, some either have epilepsy, a family member has epilepsy or they know someone with epilepsy! We want to raise awareness in a BIG way on their behalf! It would make a monumental difference for so many nationwide and even worldwide! This would only be the tip of the iceberg of what could be done if the NBA would just say "YES!" to our campaign for awareness for those living with Epilepsy. Please help spread the word in November . NBA, #BounceForEpilepsy
Petition to Amy Hermes
Save The Hoop
The basketball hoop at Dan's childhood home on Gjertson Drive has been a staple for many years. Countless memories and games have been played upon that rim. Unfortunately the hoop is now facing DEMOLITION! The potential for this local treasure to be demolished has caused many to feel an overwhelming sense of depression. Countless hearts are being held in the balance of the hoops fate. We think the basketball hoop should be preserved as a City of Stoughton Historical Marker. Please join us in saving this treasured piece of history, and getting the demolition cancelled!
Petition to Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant
Bring Kobe out of retirement to play with LeBron
With the Warriors signing DeMarcus Cousins, the deck is stacked. Let's see their Boogie, raise them a Mamba, and bring real competition back to the NBA! #LakersDreamTeam2019
Petition to Kevin Pritchard, Herb Simon, Indiana Pacers
RESIGN LANCE STEPHENSON OR ELSE WE BOYCOTT THE FIELDHOUSE
Indiana fans love and believe in their team, but they know better than to expect a championship from a developing core in the face of Boston and Philadelphia's continued ascendance in the east. Indiana fans haven't been able to count on refs to accurately call our games at the most crucial moments. What we have been able to count on is Lance Stephenson to play exciting basketball, no matter what the odds, opponent, or score is. This is a plea to Lance to not leave the fans just yet even though we'll love him where ever he goes and understand that he deserved that contract, and a plea to the front office to reconsider signing him or expect us not to show up to games not out of animosity, but profound disinterest and lack of faith. Our franchise can't afford to be just a ruthless basketball machine, all we have to offer free agents is heart and good ball. I will also say if I thought In the face of this free agent class there was a single free agent who could be signed for Lance's on court and intangible value then I would agree with a need for "Flexibility", but this is FOOLERY and I only want that from Sir Lancelot.
Petition to Adam Silver
NBA Please Formally Review Controversial Ending of Game 1 of Warriors/Cavaliers
On May 31, 2018 the Cleveland Cavaliers played a critical Game 1 at the Golden State Warriors home court. Entering the game, the Cavaliers were big underdogs. Despite this, they managed to maintain the lead for much of the game. Late in the fourth quarter however, things changed. There was a play at which Durant drove the ball and Lebron took the charge, hence an offensive foul against Durant. The officials reviewed it, and reversed the call. This led to a 3 pt differential, because Durant missed his last free throw and a shot was tipped in. So rather than the Cavaliers possibly taking a 2 possession lead, they were now down. And then there was the missed timeout call that the officials didn't see.... There is something to be said in sports, when officials can impact a game this much, and get the call wrong this badly. They need to take their jobs seriously. We kindly ask the NBA to review the last several minutes in the 4th quarter of that game, as well as the officials who officiated the game. We need to maintain a fair environment for both fans and players, and right now, the NBA is failing to do so. This trend is sickening. We urge change. Additionally, we right this in support of the Cavaliers service dog, Remington, a golden retriever, that has been with the team on their postseason run.