Hoops 4 Hope
Hoops 4 Hope is a not-for-profit organization that supports youth development by working with schools, shelters, and community organizations. H4H runs programs in Zimbabwe and South Africa…
In cooperation with schools, community organizations, and children’s shelters, Hoops 4 Hope reaches over 10,000 children a year.
Hoops 4 Hope provides the most basic tools that young people need to play team sports and face the many challenges of growing up in communities plagued with poverty, crime, and HIV/AIDS. We build basketball courts, organize leagues, distribute athletic equipment collected from around the United States, run coaching clinics, organize tournaments, supply financial assistance for team travel, host international basketball coaches and players, and provide children with a safe, nurturing environment in which they develop more than just skills for the court, they develop SKILLS 4 LIFE!
Life Skills are acquired or developed skills or tools that help a person be successful in Life and we believe that by focusing our efforts on the Life Skills that are essential to all people, we are providing them with the important tools they need to develop a strong and positive character, so they will be equipped to make healthy positive choices.
Organized sports encourage more than healthy competition; they help erase racial boundaries. Sports unite adults and children from different backgrounds. Moreover, the trust that develops between coaches and the young people they mentor provides an opportunity for discussion of the crucial issues that affect their lives every day.
From urban playgrounds across the United States to the rural Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe to crowded townships in South Africa, there is basketball. Played and shared and loved. It is truly a global game! Technology feeds the world’s hunger for the game by sending highlights from the National Basketball Association (NBA) across the globe, and those images have sparked dreamers of all ages, races, and religions. Countless exciting games are being played at this very moment on streets, dirt roads, mountain tops, and in schoolyards around the world. For many young people, the basketball court is the perfect place to cultivate the discipline that will help them achieve success in other parts of their lives. Recycled Equipment – Hoops 4 Hope was originally built on the idea that sporting equipment had value even after a lot of use. In our first years, the amount of stuff we shipped over to Southern Africa was meager – just a few balls and shoes collected from friends and family. Now, the recycled equipment idea is a massive operation, and entire schools and clubs have held drives to collect various sporting goods for use in the communities we serve. Our shipments now move across the Atlantic via cargo ship, and the equipment we disperse gets used until it turns to dust!
Interested in donating your old basketball shoes, uniforms, or basketballs? Please email or write to the Hoops 4 Hopes contacts listed below – they will be happy to assist you with the process.
Hoops 4 Hope
PO Box 895
East Hampton, New York
Hoops 4 Hope Trust Center Hoops 4 Hope
19 Bates St.
Milton Park, Harare
Zimbabwe Director: Ngoni Mukukula
Hoops 4 Hope / Ikamva Labantu
P.O. Box 165
160 Sir Lowry Rd.
Cape Town 8000, South Africa
Director: Thierry Kita
Phone: (021) 461-8338
Fax: (021) 461-6823