Our September Holiday Camps had extra special meaning for Tomorrow’s Stars Basketball as they were a special tribute to Blair Smith. Blair was an ex-Melbourne Tigers Teammate of TSB Head Coach Brett Rainbow, who sadly lost his life 6 years ago.
Blair and Brett were not only teammates at the Tigers, but roommates on the road, and the two players became very close, during and after their careers. Blair played eleven seasons in the NBL across four teams, including 5 years at the Tigers. He was a backup to the great Mark Bradtke and an integral part of the amazing 1997 NBL Championship run.
During the holiday camps, all 200 of the Tomorrow’s Stars Basketball participants wore Blair’s name and number in his honour, to celebrate his life and remember the good times. Blair’s wife, Bec, and children Brayden and Marleigh flew down to Melbourne for the first camp in Box Hill, which was a very emotional but very special time.
Throughout the past week, we witnessed some impressive skills, teamwork, and, most importantly, a ton of fun. Our dedicated coaches worked tirelessly to create a dynamic and engaging environment where everyone could learn, grow, and enjoy the game they love.
Over the 4 holiday camps we had 200 players, spent 60 hours on the court, performed 50 different basketball drills, gave out 15 Dream Team awards, 200 free TSB “Smith” t-shirts and drink bottles and lots of other prizes.
Thanks to the hundreds of happy kids who attended, parents for their support, sponsors for making the tribute possible and the fantastic coaching staff for their great work!
For Blair #31.