It’s Hardcourt Passion for Ramas

September 7th, 2021 · No Comments

By Benjie de Ubago

For Mitchell Ramas, his interest in basketball is over and beyond hard-court passion.  It’s passion with a purpose!  He’s given the youth of Western Sydney new aspirations and directions. 

Inspired from an early age by his father, Salvador “Dodie” Ramas” an ex-PBA player, he’s gotten to love the sports basketball.  Mitch has found new meaning to the game, basketball and has taken the game to an all new inspiring level.  “It’s more than just games,” said Mitch. “We train and develop the youth’s self confidence; instill in them the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and above all respect and friendship.” he adds.

He started as a player and by 17 years old, he was already coaching the Camden Wildfires under 16 team for the Basketball NSW Competition Metro League.  Then, he graduated to being the assistant coach at Hoops Connect and is now the Development Manger, Chief Strategist and Coach for Hoops Connect.

Hoops Connect, is an organization started by his brother, Dave Ramas in 2018.  Its aim is to  develop active Communities.  His brother has a masters degree in Education (PDHPE)and is the Youth Project Officer in the City of Campbelltown  Sessions are held at Michael Clarke Recreation Centre Carnes Hill, New South Wales. Their followers have grown from 32 to 250 registered players.

Mitch is now the Chief strategist and head coach of the Junior Development Programs. Programs include:  junior mixed competition, training, mini hoops, and active kids’ programs. He also manages 3 coaches.  He is responsible for Liverpool Council’s Holiday activities which include a range of activities such as: other ball games, skating and BMX biking.  Private one-on-one sessions are also provided for those who need it.

Mitch with some of the young hardcourt enthusiasts.

Hoops Connect caters for children aged 6 to 16 years old, regardless of age, gender and culture. It’s all inclusive and about helping the kids develop their talent, social skills and self confidence.  Even children with minor disabilities are accepted.  The all important goal is to develop kids to grow up as productive and active members of the community they belong.

His tireless efforts  have been proven most valuable during these covid times.  Kids have been more resilient and have kept themselves active.  Mitch also facilitates junior basketball programs for the Filipino  community based organsiation, the Banag-Banag Association’s.

Hoops Connect is not just about learning the rudiments of the game, dribbling till you drop nor is it about turning kids into high point scorers.  “The kids are not just performers.  It’s really all about discipline and leadership,” said Mitch.  “I understand them and I’ve become a friend,” he adds.

It is not surprising then, that even his six year old son, Alonzo has already been shining on the hardcourts with stats worth bragging about.

Despite his regular work in a retail environment, a family with two sons, he has found time for this worthwhile project.   

Mitchell Ramas oozes with passion and his enthusiasm is contagious. He simply inspires!

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6 September 2021 ��

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