Basketball Ireland has launched a new ‘Slam Dunk Covid-19’ awareness campaign. The video material is aimed at providing concrete examples of behaviour in and around the sport that will help prevent the spread of the virus.

It’s a smart way to get around the danger of hearing the same message over and over from the same voices, and actually not hearing it at all.

Speaking at the launch at the National Basketball Arena, Templeogue Basketball Club player Lorcan Murphy said: “I am really looking forward to the season starting, whenever that may be and if we all continue to take stock of the key messages launched today, it will help us get back sooner rather than later.”

DCU Mercy and Irish international Hannah Thornton added: “As a player, we can’t wait to get back onto the court and get back to the new normal. It is great that Basketball Ireland have launched this campaign and I would encourage everyone to get fully behind it and do all they can to help kill the virus.”

“As an organisation Basketball Ireland will continue to adhere to government and HSE guidelines, but ultimately this battle will be won or lost by individual attitudes – of players, coaches, parents, officials and volunteers,” added Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne.

“We have come a long way as a community, but we must ensure we continue to drive forward and do all we can to fight against this virus. Please be an ambassador for this campaign and spread the word – Let’s Slam Dunk Covid-19”

As part of the campaign Basketball Ireland has also launched ‘Basketball Ireland’s Covid Hero’ competition. The award is to recognise and reward inspirational, hardworking and dedicated members of the basketball community, who have done their best in managing Covid-19 within their clubs during this time.

100-word nominations are being collected online via with a variety of prizes for the eventual winners club.