Slam Dunk For Victoria’s South Sudanese Community

09 July 2015

Today the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, joined Melbourne United and NBA superstar Luol Deng to announce the signing of the club’s first ever South Sudanese Australian player, Majok Majok.

Majok was born in South Sudan, and moved to Perth with his family as a boy. After playing high school and college basketball in America and a pro season in Europe, the Victorian Government is pleased that Majok has signed with Melbourne United.

The South Sudanese in Victoria are a very proud community, and Majok can be a role model for young South Sudanese kids as they get involved in sport and activities in the wider community.

One third of Australia’s South Sudanese community call Victoria home, and a large portion of the community are youth, who will be very excited about this announcement.

The announcement took place ahead of this weekend’s South Sudanese Australian National Classic, where 35 teams from across Australia will be competing at Frankston Basketball Stadium.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“Usually being one of the tallest on stage, today was something different. It was an absolute pleasure to join NBA superstar Luol Deng in announcing Melbourne United’s new signing, Majok Majok.”

“The South Sudanese community in Victoria is a very proud one. They love their sports, particularly basketball, and I’m told that our young South Sudanese players are some of the most athletic in the state.”

“Majok can be a great role model and inspiration for Victorian youth with South Sudanese and wider Horn of African origin.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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