Basketball Victoria donates $20,000 to Helping Hoops Shootout

BASKETBALL Victoria is proud to donate $20,000 to Helping Hoops following the annual 24-Hour Charity Shootout, held last weekend (14-15 July) at Albert Park College.

We pledged to donate $1 per made free throw to Helping Hoops across the weekend (up to $20,000), and are proud to contribute to this fantastic cause.

Over 250 people took to the line to make their shots and pledge their donations to support Helping Hoops and its goal of bringing basketball to kids who don’t enjoy the same opportunities afforded to most of us, and use the sport to instil strong values and achieve social outcomes.

Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey – who participated in Helping Hoops’ CEO Shootout on Saturday – said the occasion was a fantastic way to support Helping Hoops and congratulated their team for all their efforts in the community.

“Helping Hoops does great work supporting Melbourne’s ever-growing basketball community as it gives opportunities to the city’s underprivileged, all-abilities and migrant players,” Honey said. “We’re proud to be able to support such a great organisation – this donation will allow for Helping Hoops to put on plenty more sessions, clinics and spread their message throughout the Victorian basketball community.

“On behalf of Basketball Victoria, I’d like to congratulate Adam and the Helping Hoops team for putting on another amazing Shootout and for all the hard work they do throughout the year.”

The 24-Hour Charity Shootout celebrated its seventh year over the weekend and stands as an important fundraising event for Helping Hoops. With players taking 15-minute blocks to make as many free throws as possible, it gives players a chance to shoot for a good cause and support the on-going operation of this proud Melbourne charity.

Of all the attractions on offer, a clear favourite was the Celebrity All-Star Game held on the Saturday which featured Chris Goulding and Mitch McCarron from Melbourne United, former NBA and NBL star Chris Anstey, current AFLW player and former WNBL champion Tegan Cunningham, Melbourne City goalkeeper and former Matildas Captain Melissa Barbieri, and Patty Miller from the hit TV show Married at First Sight.

For more information on Helping Hoops, visit its website – www.helpinghoops.com.au

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