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Leicester Riders announces Rainbows as charity partner

Leicester Riders announces Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People as charity partner

It’s a 'Slam Dunk' for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People which has been announced as an Official Charity Partner for the Leicester Riders. 

The British Basketball League back-to-back triple champions will work with Rainbows for the next year, carrying out a range of activities to help raise funds and awareness of the Loughborough-based hospice.

To launch the partnership, Riders players JR Holder and Andy Thomson put some young people from Rainbows through the paces by showing them how to dribble, pass and dunk.

Kevin Routledge, Chairman of Leicester Riders, said: “We have all seen the incredible work Rainbows do for young people and their families, and we are delighted to help in any way we can to assist them in continuing their good work. The Riders are very committed to given back to the community, and Rainbows is an outstanding cause.”

During the year, players will visit Rainbows to meet children, young people and their families as well as learning more about the work of the hospice. The youngsters who benefit from the care and support of Rainbows will also visit the Morningside Arena, home of the Leicester Riders. Alongside this, there will be designated collection days for the hospice and Rainbows mascot Bow Bear will even get in on the action by taking part in half-time entertainment. 

Andrew Ball, Director of Supporter Relations at Rainbows, said: “We are all delighted to have been chosen to be a charity partner for the Leicester Riders. By having the Riders on our bench, we have the best possible team to make a big difference to the lives of the children, young people and families who are cared for and supported by Rainbows. We look forward to the year ahead.”