Basketball Victoria and MUVJBL have presented Helping Hoops with a $24,056 cheque following two successful fundraising efforts by the Victorian basketball community.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey and MUVJBL Manager John Hilton made a $20,000 donation to Helping Hoops as we pledged to donate $1 for each free throw made (up to 20,000) at the Helping Hoops 24-Hour Charity Shootout, held in July at Albert Park College.
Victorian basketball’s contribution to Helping Hoops was also boosted by the $4056 donation by the MUVJBL after its Girls Got Game Round in May to donate $2 for every three point shot made.
Helping Hoops is an independent charity running free basketball programs for over 1,000 underprivileged children. Over 450 sessions per year benefit children and young people of all abilities aged 7 to 21.
As a charity, Helping Hoops is not solely focused on improving skills, but also uses basketball to instil values that benefit children in their lives outside of sport.
Thanks to McDonald’s Victoria’s “Maccas on Your Team” program, Basketball Victoria is also proud to donate 200 Molten Maccas basketballs to the charity to help spread the game even further.
“Helping Hoops consistently achieves positive outcomes supporting Melbourne’s ever-growing basketball community,” Honey said. “Basketball Victoria is proud to support this charity’s important goals as Adam and the team strive to give opportunities to the city’s underprivileged, all-abilities and migrant communities.
“This donation of $24,056 further establishes our partnership and we’re excited to continue working alongside such an impactful charity that works every day to improve the lives of Melburnians from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“Our contribution, along with everyone who has donated and supported the charity in 2018, allows Helping Hoops to put on plenty more sessions and clinics throughout the city.
“On behalf of Basketball Victoria, I’d like to congratulate Adam and the Helping Hoops team for their hard work and we look forward to next year and supporting even more programs and events alongside Helping Hoops.”
Helping Hoops founder Adam McKay said the contribution from Basketball Victoria, MUVJBL and McDonald’s Victoria were an amazing opportunity for the organisation.
“Basketball is a fantastic sport for everyone and we thank Basketball Victoria, MUVJBL and McDonald’s Victoria for this opportunity to bring basketball to Melbourne children who otherwise wouldn’t have it,” McKay said. “It means a lot to Helping Hoops and our community – this donation goes a lot further than anyone can imagine.
“That’s roughly 36 months of on-the-court programs and activities for Helping Hoops – which is around 150 sessions – and we couldn’t continue our work without the support of the community.”
For more information on Helping Hoops, visit their website.