BASKETBALL Victoria’s partnership with Helping Hoops was celebrated on Tuesday as we presented a $20,000 cheque to the Melbourne-based basketball charity.
Following an incredible performance by Victorian basketball community at the Helping Hoops Charity Shootout, held in October at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Basketball Victoria pledged to make a $1 contribution to the charity for each free throw made (up to $20,000).
Basketball Victoria’s CEO Nick Honey and Commercial and Partnerships Manager Scott Davis presented Helping Hoops founder Adam McKay with a cheque for $20,000 at Helping Hoops Prahran.
“Helping Hoops is an incredible charity that brings the passion for basketball together with the positive community outcomes that come from organised sport,” Honey said. “We’re thrilled to see Helping Hoops create further opportunities for Melbourne’s ever-growing basketball community and we’re proud to support their ambitions,” Honey said. “Basketball Victoria sees first-hand the positive outcomes created across Melbourne by Adam and the Helping Hoops team as they support and encourage the city’s underprivileged, all-abilities and migrant communities.
“We’re excited to continue working alongside an organisation that every day makes such an extraordinary difference to the lives of disadvantaged Melburnians.
“On behalf of Basketball Victoria, I’d like to congratulate the Helping Hoops team and look towards next year’s Charity Shootout and another impressive year across Helping Hoops’ programs.”
Helping Hoops founder Adam McKay said the contribution from Basketball Victoria will continue to aid Helping Hoops in providing opportunities across the community.
“Breaking down barriers, and giving everyone equal access to this great game we all love, is why Helping Hoops exists,” McKay said. “Support from Basketball Victoria means we are able to deliver on the promises we have made to hundreds of children across Melbourne, who do not enjoy the same opportunities as others to play basketball and learn the life skills that come along with being part of the program.
As a charity, Helping Hoops uses basketball as a means to instil values that benefit the participants outside of sport as well as enhancing on-court skills with expert weekly coaching.
For more further information on Helping Hoops, visit their website.