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FTF: Erin, Sunday to top the bill

MULTIPLE WNBA, WNBL and AFLW championship and premiership winner Erin Phillips and South Sudanese-born Adelaide 36ers all-rounder, dual-NBL champion Sunday Dech top the bill for this month's Free Throw Foundation lunch at the Highway Hotel.

Dech, 27, is coming off his first season at the 36ers, winning a huge fan following for his commitment at the defensive end, extraordinary athleticism and multi-offensive skill set.

Growing up in Perth, he won two championships at the Wildcats, then another in the NZ NBL with Wellington Saints before a further NBL season at Illawarra Hawks.

In between his two NBL titles, for the 2016-17 season he made his US college debut with the Metro State Roadrunners, averaging 13.0 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game.

Transferring to Barry University for the 2017–18 season, he delivered 13.3 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game, earning SSC All-Newcomer Team honours and named in the SSC All-Tournament Team.

But it is in Adelaide he has found a home, about to enter the second season of a three-year deal with the Sixers.

Arguably the finest woman footballer to don a pair of Aussie Rules boots - and it's an argument you can easily make - Phillips, 36, has not only spearheaded two Crows AFLW premierships but played basketball in locations as varied as Israel, Poland and Slovakia.

She won a Silver Medal with the Opals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Gold Medals with Australian national teams at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

At her second Olympics in Rio 2016, she was a starter for the Opals, Phillips one of the state's most accomplished and recognisable sporting figures.

The Free Throw Foundation luncheon on Friday, August 27 from 12pm at the Highway Hotel has COVID-generated restrictions. Tickets for the event are capped at 100 people.

Hit this link now to be among that lucky century.

All money raised goes to the Free Throw Foundation, a body created to help break down the barriers to participation and enable the youth of South Australia to participate in the sport of basketball.

The FTF serves underprivileged youth, creating opportunities to succeed, not only at the highest level, but at all levels of basketball.

Event sponsors are Akorin Finance and Adelaide Dream Homes.

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