Year Of Women’s Basketball Launched In Finland

19 May 2006

All Finnish youth national teams were at the Sports Institute in Vierumäki, Finland for the introduction of the Year of Women’s Basketball in the country.

Two of Finland’s greatest female players were on hand for the introduction.

Kira Kojola (Finland)
Finnish national team player Kira Kojola drives to the basket in a game against Greece.
FIBA Europe Women’s Commission member Lea Hakala, who was the leading scorer at the 1981 European Championship, explained the project to the 60 people in attendance. 

Hilkka Hakola, the leading scorer at the 1956 European Championships, was an honorary guest.

After the introduction of the project, players watched the 2005 EuroBasket Women championship game between the Czech Republic and Russia.

“I think it helped the young players realise that they were a part of European women’s basketball and that they could potentially be playing in a championship game,” said Hakala.

The introduction to the players is just the beginning step of launching the Year of Women’s Basketball in Finland.

A meeting among 20 of the most involved individuals in Finnish women’s basketball will meet in the near future to discuss concrete plans to carry out goals for the Year of Women’s Basketball.

Three to four promotional activities are planned in Finland for the Year of Women’s Basketball, mainly coinciding with the nationally televised Cup Finals and the Finnish women’s team EuroBasket qualifying games.

“The Year of Women's Basketball is beneficial because it pushes national federations to promote women's basketball in their country with ideas and support from FIBA Europe,” Hakala said.

Promotional activities will also take place around the time of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women Division B, which will be staged at Jyväskylä, Finland from August 2-13.

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