Target: CEO of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) Tubby Reddy
Goal: Provide professional basketball players in South Africa with contracts that include medical insurance.
Thirteen basketball players have been suspended from the men’s senior national team in South Africa for not agreeing to pay for their own medical insurance in the event that they became injured during the Four Nations Challenge. Each of the players were offered contracts that included the amounts they would be paid for training camp and the upcoming tournament, but the documents did not mention medical insurance.
They obviously refused to sign the contracts as it would basically mean that if they suffered minor or even life-changing injuries, they would be entirely responsible for all of the costs associated with treatment and therapy. This is unfair as the owners of the team likely profit if they enter and win notable tournaments. The players should not be left without any help if they are injured while competing to improve the reputation of the team. Major injuries have the potential to end a player’s professional career and without medical insurance the player could likely end up with nothing after paying for treatment.
Sign the petition below to demand the owners of the basketball team in South Africa provide all players with medical insurance.
Dear Mr. Tubby Reddy,
Men’s basketball players in South Africa are not allotted the health insurance they are entitled to. As the nature of their profession involves contact that can often cause devastating injuries, they should be guaranteed insurance by the teams that they are playing for. As Basketball South Africa (BSA) can potentially benefit from each player’s performance when they are in good health, they should be responsible for ensuring that they receive medical care in the event that they are injured.
If players are putting their bodies at risk in order to represent a team, and an entire country in this case, they should be covered financially. Basketball is not simply a hobby for these players, it is a profession, and most jobs that have the potential to cause physical strain or stress provide health insurance to employees. Players who have been selected to represent South Africa for major tournaments should feel that they are protected in the event that they are injured while fighting passionately to win.
I urge you to ensure that men’s basketball players in South Africa are provided with medical insurance.
[Your Name Here]
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