We are delighted to renew our partnership with The Illawarra Hawks, continuing as Principal Partner for the upcoming NBL season. In what was an impressive season both on and off the court for the Hawks, we will continue to work together to improve and make a real life difference for the Illawarra community and Hawks fans.

Pepper Money was built on the idea that there should be loan solutions available to help people through the highs, the lows, and unexpected events that real life throws at them. This partnership allows us to demonstrate our continued focus in the Illawarra community and keeping our values aligned whilst increasing awareness of our brand across Australia and New Zealand.

Pepper Money and The Illawarra Hawks #FlyAsOne

Part of Pepper Money’s financial investment will go towards the creation of the ‘Real Life Stories’ content series which looks to give financial grants to key community partners, so that they may continue their meaningful work within the Illawarra community.

The series of community initiatives will be led by Hawks Community Engagement Officer and local legend Tim Coenraad and will include the Clontarf Foundation’s Vincentia Academy – a program aiming to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men by using sport as an incentive

Also taking part in the ‘Real Life’ series, is a swimming program that teaches refugees how to swim and will ensure that, Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra are able to offer this important program to others in their community.

The Disability Trust Partners will also feature in the series, with the financial investment going towards much needed new equipment for the Jammers Basketball Program; established in 1993 for those with disability to get involved in the sport.

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Strengthening relationships in the Illawarra community

Forging the future for our Indigenous youth -

Clontarf and the Illawarra Hawks

The Illawarra Hawks and Pepper Money continue to strengthen relationships in the Illawarra community and have recently partnered with the Clontarf Foundation – a program aiming to improve the outlook of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in the local communities.

The foundation focuses on improving the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of these young men, whilst The Illawarra Hawks aim is to help facilitate that by introducing the kids to basketball. The youngsters taking part in the program – all aged between 12 and 18 – were put through their paces by the Illawarra Hawks great and current community engagement officer Tim Coenraad.

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Budding photographer and Illawarra Hawks fan enjoys the opportunity of a lifetime

Nick’s day out

As the Principal Sponsor of the Illawarra Hawks, one of the things we're proudest about is being able to help the local Illawarra community interact with the club that they love.

The Illawarra Hawks recently invited Nick, a budding photographer and huge Hawks fan, down to training and to watch the Hawks play against the Sydney Kings. He enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to meet the Illawarra Hawks and photograph the team (including his favourite player Tyler Harvey) in action.

Nick was accompanied by his photography teacher Chris who said he had the time of his life.

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Australian Wheelchair Basketball Star talks childhood, the Hawks and the Paralympics

Meet Luke Pople

We're continuing our work with the Illawarra Hawks to bring you real life stories from the Illawarra community. This week we meet Luke Pople – a member of the Roller Hawks, an Australian Rollers representative, and a graphic designer for the Illawarra Hawks.

Luke discusses his childhood, how he discovered his love of basketball and his ambitions to represent Australia at the upcoming Paralympics.

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