BASKETBALL Victoria is calling upon all Victorians to prepare for their 15 minutes in the spotlight, as the Shootout is back for 2018!
Whether you can maintain your follow through, bend those knees and flick your wrist for 15 minutes straight, or sponsor someone to do their best and support the Helping Hoops 24-Hour Charity Shootout, it’s your time to take up the challenge.
Basketball Victoria has pledged to donate $1 for every free-throw made at the Helping Hoops 24-Hour Charity Shootout (up to $20,000), held 14-15 July at Albert Park College. The community event is the place to be and be seen with food trucks, music, merchandise, a celebrity all-star game, plus great giveaways and prizes, such as signed merchandise from Ben Simmons and the 2016/17 Melbourne United Championship Team, plus basketball products from Molten and Goalrilla.
As an independent charity, Helping Hoops conducts free basketball programs for over 1,000 underprivileged children throughout Melbourne. The program uses the power of basketball to instil values that benefit children in their lives outside of sport. Through their efforts, Helping Hoops enables a wide array of people from migrant, disadvantaged and all-abilities backgrounds to participate and feel involved in our sport.
There are plenty of ways you can get involved in supporting Helping Hoops and the 24-Hour Charity Shootout:
- Register your free-throw challenge timeslot at the Helping Hoops 24-Hour Charity Shootout by visiting their website – helpinghoops.com.au/24
- Financial support through making a donation directly, sponsoring a participant or organise a fundraising event of your own with a ‘Regional Shoot-Out’ at your own association, club or in group of friends in your town or suburb.
- As Helping Hoops are predominantly volunteer based, you can also donate your time to rebound, coach or just lend a hand across the weekend or any time during the year.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said the work Helping Hoops does throughout Melbourne benefits the not just the basketball community, but also gives great opportunities for everyone to become active and involved within basketball.
“It is incredible to see the contributions to the community Helping Hoops has made over the last decade,” Honey said. “Basketball Victoria is proud to see a charity supporting at-risk, migrant and disadvantaged communities through the universal lens of basketball.
“Children in organised competitions flourish and it is impressive to see Helping Hoops give opportunities to those who might not otherwise be able to participate in our sport.
“Basketball Victoria is excited to support Helping Hoops and their efforts going forward.”
Their efforts have significant societal benefits across the board and Basketball Victoria is thrilled to support Helping Hoops.