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Helping Hoops Fitzroy

Helping Hoops is an independent charity running free weekly basketball programs for over 1,000 disadvantaged & disabled children every year. Our 350-plus sessions per year benefit kids 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 will benefit children in their lives outside of sport.

Children attending Helping Hoops programs are from a refugee or migrant background, have an intellectual disability, are living on inner-city, high-rise public housing estates, or are asylum seekers.

Helping Hoops specifically focuses on building self-esteem, aiding social cohesion, instilling discipline, developing goal setting and leadership skills, and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Helping Hoops also runs school holiday activities & tournaments for our kids, and is a key contributor to the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association, which runs basketball tournaments for over 500 South Sudanese-Australian youth from all across Australia.

Click here to see our weekly schedule of programs, or here to see upcoming events.

HELPING HOOPS MEMBERS

Helping kids in need is a team effort. We want you on our team! Become a member of Helping Hoops by making a monthly donation and enjoy great benefits. Click here to learn more.

CURRENT MEMBER COUNT: 35

We are looking to get to 100 members by the end of 2016. Click here to help us reach our goal.

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NEWS

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  • Holiday Hoops at the North Melbourne Tournament
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  • 2015 RMIT Charity Shootout Comes Up Big
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  • Victorian Women’s Trust Increases Opportunities for Helping Hoops Girls
    Posted by Adam McKay on August 21, 2015

    Whether it be on the basketball court, in the classroom, or in the workplace, girls deserve to have the same opportunities to succeed as their male counterparts. In the communities Helping Hoops works in, young women do not always enjoy the same chance to participate as boys, and it has long been a goal of […]

  • Yale University Men’s Basketball Team Visits Helping Hoops
    Posted by Adam McKay on August 16, 2015

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  • New NBL branding launched with the help of Helping Hoops kids
    Posted by Adam McKay on August 6, 2015

    The NBL is now the “new NBL,” after the league’s rebrand was launched this morning in Melbourne. The rebrand, which features a simple and bold corporate identity with strong colours, was launched with the help of a select group of children from Helping Hoops, along with volunteers and Executive Director, Adam McKay. Helping Hoops has been […]

  • Coach Mike Spears Bids Farewell
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  • We’re Hiring
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  • South Sudanese Australian National Classic 2015
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  • Luol Deng Holds Clinic in Melbourne for Future Stars
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  • SBS World News Features Helping Hoops
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  • Hello Swoop!
    Posted by Adam McKay on February 23, 2015

    Helping Hoops introduced a brand new mascot over the weekend to help add some colour and fun to programs for our participants. The basketball-loving pigeon was without a name until the Helping Hoops community came together and decided “Swoop” best suited the feathered hero. Swoop features on a new poster that will be given to all […]

  • Three Point Community Sponsorship Hits $10K
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    All throughout the current 2014-15 NBL season, local sports retailer Sportsmart have been donating $40 to Helping Hoops for every three-point shot made by Melbourne United. On the weekend, United hit their 250th three, and reached the capped target of $10,000. The partnership has been a lot of fun, and has created some great content and banter on […]

  • Dennis Rodman Brushes Shoulders With Helping Hoops
    Posted by Adam McKay on February 5, 2015

    NBA Hall of Famer and 5-time Championship winner, Dennis Rodman, came to town on February 4, 2015, and Helping Hoops did not miss out on the chance to brush shoulders with a legend of the game. Rodman was visiting as part of his Bad Boy Tour, and spoke to a full Athanaeum Theatre in Melbourne about […]

  • Women’s Development Coach Appointed
    Posted by Adam McKay on January 29, 2015

    Over the past five years, Helping Hoops has witnessed first-hand the challenges and barriers faced by girls from a multicultural, migrant and refugee background. Over the past twelve-months, a focus has been placed on boosting female participation. The message of “Girls Play Too” has seen a jump in female attendance, but more work remains to be […]

  • Richmond Tournament Braves Heat
    Posted by Adam McKay on January 24, 2015

    On Thursday, January 22nd 2015, the first ever Helping Hoops Richmond Tournament was held for kids participating in our Richmond program from the local public housing estate. Although the 36-degree heat did keep numbers down, and force us to shorten games, the weather could not dampen the spirits of the participants, who enjoyed a midday […]

  • Stephen Dennis Visits Helping Hoops
    Posted by Adam McKay on January 15, 2015

    Melbourne United point guard Stephen Dennis came down to Helping Hoops Richmond on Thursday, January 15 to play basketball with our kids and hand out some goodies. Stephen also spoke to the group about the challenges he faced with his recent achilles injury, and what lessons basketball has taught him on and off the court. Stephen has supported Helping Hoops in […]

  • Lucky Kids Treated to a Day Out at the Melbourne Boomers Game
    Posted by Adam McKay on January 14, 2015

    On Saturday, January 10, a lucky group of kids from the Helping Hoops Fitzroy program were treated to a day out at the Melbourne Boomers WNBL game. The day included a catered corporate box to watch the Boomers take on Adelaide, a half-time interview in front of the crowd, helping draw the raffle, and a […]

  • Combine Showcases Talent of Helping Hoops’ Best
    Posted by Adam McKay on January 7, 2015

    In 2013, Helping Hoops ran its first Combine in partnership with the Longhorns Basketball Club with participants from the Helping Hoops Sunshine program. The basic concept of the Combine was to provide players, mostly from a South Sudanese Australian background, the opportunity to gain data on athletic performance and enjoy the experience of being treated as […]

  • Helping Hoops Kids Put it All On the Line to Get to USA
    Posted by Adam McKay on December 30, 2014

    Kaleb and Wally are two 17-year-old young men with a dream of one day using their basketball skills to provide a life for them and their families. Both Kaleb and Wally have been participants in our Helping Hoops Sunshine program for over 4 years, and we have seen them grow into great athletes and people. Kaleb […]

  • 2014 South Sudanese Australian Summer Slam
    Posted by Adam McKay on December 26, 2014

    Twice a year, the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association (SSANBA) holds two national tournaments for their community, and Helping Hoops is proud to sponsor both tournaments through the contribution of volunteers, expertise, and items to assist. Not only is the SSANBA’s aims in line with Helping Hoops, but many participants in our programs compete […]

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    Posted by Adam McKay on December 9, 2014

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  • 2013-14 Helping Hoops Annual Report Out Now
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    We are pleased to announce our fourth, and latest, ambassador is Ben Shewry. Ben is not only the Head Chef and owner of the all-conquering Attica restaurant in Melbourne, he is also a huge hoops fan and someone who sets the benchmark for altruism and kindness. Ben is involved in our programs and has built strong relationships with […]

  • 2014 Helping Hoops AGM Set for November
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    This NBL season, Helping Hoops is giving away a signed Steve Nash jersey! Simply receive a free Helping Hoops sticker at any Melbourne United home game between now and the end of the season and take a photo tagging #helpinghoopsunited on your favourite social media. A weekly winner will receive a Helping Hoops T-shirt. The grand prize […]

  • WAW Gathering Raises $25k for Helping Hoops
    Posted by Adam McKay on October 13, 2014

    When Ben Shewry throws a party, you cancel all your plans and show up! Ben, chef/owner of the all -conquering Attica restaurant, has been an amazing supporter of Helping Hoops in 2014 through his volunteer work at our Helping Hoops Richmond program and his fundraising for the 24 Hour Charity Shootout. Now, add to this list […]

  • Dennis Rodman to Speak With Helping Hoops Kids
    Posted by Adam McKay on October 13, 2014

    For those who grew up in the 1980s and 90s, Dennis Rodman personified hard work, tenacity, and sheer determination. “The Worm” could not be out-rebounded by anyone else on the court; if there was a board or loose ball up for grabs, you could bet Rodman was going to out-work his opponents and come up […]

  • New Branding Launched Taking Helping Hoops Forward
    Posted by Adam McKay on October 11, 2014

    Today, we are pleased to share our new logo and brand. The identity provides a strong, yet simple, logo that pays homage to our short but rich history, and takes Helping Hoops into the future. The stylised “HH” will be used as part of the new logo, but also applied on its own across apparel […]

  • New Three Point Community Sponsor Announced
    Posted by Adam McKay on October 9, 2014

    Helping Hoops is delighted to announce Sportsmart as our inaugural Three Point Community Sponsor for 2014-15. Sportsmart will donate $40 to Helping Hoops for every three-pointer made by Melbourne United during the 2014-15 NBL season, with funds helping to sustaining and growing our free weekly basketball programs for disadvantaged and disabled children all across Melbourne. Sportsmart […]

  • Vote Nick Bell for Cleo Bachelor Of The Year and support Helping Hoops
    Posted by Sandra Tay on September 18, 2014

    Cleo Bachelor contender Nick Bell is using his nomination to raise awareness and donations for Helping Hoops. Driven by his love of sport, the entrepenour has chosen to support Helping Hoops as he believes the smaller local charity is deserving of exposure. Nick has pledged to donate $10,000 to Helping Hoops, and if he wins, a […]

  • Three Point Community Sponsorship Announced
    Posted by Adam McKay on September 2, 2014

    A simple basketball shot can help change the lives of children in need. In 2014-15 Melbourne United and Helping Hoops will team up to show just how true this is. Helping Hoops and Melbourne United have enjoyed a strong partnership over the past two seasons. In Season 2014-15, this partnership is set to take a […]

  • Helping Hoops Launches Eighth Weekly Program
    Posted by Adam McKay on July 23, 2014

    Helping Hoops is all about offering opportunities to young people who are suffering from disadvantage. This is why we are extremely pleased to announce the launch of Helping Hoops Get Active, which joins our weekly schedule as the eighth program. Helping Hoops Get Active, which runs every Friday from 1pm to 3pm at the North […]

  • Culture Kings x Helping Hoops Charity Shootout
    Posted by Adam McKay on July 15, 2014

    Culture Kings have stepped up big in recent months to support Helping Hoops. Not only have they footed the bill of our uniforms, but now Culture Kings have run their very own version of our hugely successful 24 Hour Charity Shootout: The Culture Kings x Helping Hoops Charity Shootout. The event saw Culture Kings customers donate […]

  • 24 Hour Charity Shootout 2014 Individual Results
    Posted by Adam McKay on July 8, 2014

    Below are the full results of the 24 Hour Charity Shootout participant-by-participant. Don’t forget, it’s all about having some fun and supporting a great cause! RANK NAME MADE TAKEN % 1 Stephen Dennis 294 356 82.6 2 Steven Wey 289 423 68.3 3 Lance Hurdle 260 380 68.4 4 Adam Sliwinski 257 325 79.1 5 […]

  • The Biggest and Best 24 Hour Charity Shootout Ever Wraps Up
    Posted by Adam McKay on July 7, 2014

    The 2014 24 Hour Charity Shootout has wrapped up and has exceeded all expectations! Over 130 people joined Helping Hoops at Albert Park College to shoot as many free throws as they could in their 15 minutes. The event was a massive team effort, with all participants combining for an extraordinary 14,169 made free throws in 24 […]

  • 24 Hour Charity Shootout Sells Out
    Posted by Adam McKay on July 1, 2014

    Over 150 people have now put their hand up to support Helping Hoops this coming weekend, making the 2014 24 Hour Charity Shootout the first sell-out in the event’s history! In other event news, Stephen Dennis of the Melbourne United basketball club, is confirmed as our special guest and will attend the Shootout on Saturday, […]

  • Work Placement Student’s Thoughts on Time at Helping Hoops
    Posted by Adam McKay on June 24, 2014

    Hello I’m Alexander Adams, I’m currently doing my last day of work placement with Helping Hoops. Work placement is a part of my school’s curriculum. The school I go to is SEDA which stands for Sports Education Development Australia. And I’m doing the basketball program with Basketball Victoria and Melbourne Tigers or now known as […]

  • RMIT CHARITY SHOOTOUT HITS OVER 3,000 SHOTS & $2,000 FOR HELPING HOOPS
    Posted by Adam McKay on May 15, 2014

    Shoot free throws, have fun, and raise as much money as possible. This was the theme of the day at the inaugural RMIT Charity Shootout which saw Helping Hoops and the RMIT Basketball Club take over the RMIT University City Campus’ outdoor basketball hoop on Tuesday, May 13. The Shootout consisted of over 30 participants registering […]

  • 2014 24 Hour Charity Shootout is Now Open
    Posted by Adam McKay on May 15, 2014

    How many free throws can you shoot in 15 minutes? On Saturday & Sunday July 5-6, Helping Hoops will hold the third annual 24 Hour Charity Shootout at Albert Park College. Over 160 participants will shoot as many free throws as they can in 15 minutes and raise money for Helping Hoops by seeking sponsorship form their friends, family and work colleagues. Last year, we hit […]

  • Helping Hoops Turns Four
    Posted by Adam McKay on May 6, 2014

    May 5 saw Helping Hoops celebrate our fourth birthday. Like all four year-olds, we’ve developed at a rapid rate and are learning every day. Also like all four year-old, we’re having a lot of fun but also realise our best years and biggest achievements are yet to come. There was no fanfare, balloons or birthday […]

  • DPM Financial Services Extend Sponsorship For 2014-15
    Posted by Adam McKay on April 30, 2014

    Helping Hoops makes $0 from our services. We exist for the benefit of the community. This is why corporate support is so important to our sustained success. We would like to offer our thanks to DPM Financial Services who have extended their sponsorship for a second year. Helping Hoops has enjoyed a close relationship with […]

  • LA Lakers Donate Big to Helping Hoops in 2014
    Posted by Adam McKay on April 25, 2014

    Once again, Helping Hoops has been the recipient of signed merchandise from the Los Angles Lakers. This year’s delivery includes: Basketball signed by entire 2013-14 team Basketball signed by Kobe Bryant Basketball signed by Pau Gasol Jersey signed by Steve Nash Championship Hat signed by Derek Fisher Magazine signed by Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and […]

  • Helping Hoops Fitzroy Tournament 2014
    Posted by Adam McKay on April 15, 2014

    Every school holidays, Helping Hoops puts on a special tournament as a reward-for-effort for our kids. The April 2014 holidays saw us head to Fitzroy and team up with our friends at Yarra Youth Services, who put on the Spectacle Festival. Spectacle saw DJs, performers, artists and skaters rock the Atherton Gardens public housing estate […]

  • It’s March Madness for Melbourne Basketballer
    Posted by Sandra Tay on March 27, 2014

    6’10” (208 centimetre) Mangok Mathiang is a product of Melbourne hitting the world stage at the NCAA Tournament – the biggest college basketball competition in the world that is currently enthralling hoops fans across the US and around the globe. Originally born in Sudan (now South Sudan since gaining independence in 2011), Mathiang came to Australia […]

  • Helping Hoops Takes Centre Stage at Hisense Arena With the Melbourne Tigers
    Posted by Sandra Tay on March 7, 2014

    Greatness sometimes comes from humble beginnings, and Helping Hoops is always about helping those who endure some of the humblest beginnings to life imaginable. You never know what can put a child on the path to success, and we try to expose our kids to as many new experiences as possible to give them the […]

  • 2013 South Sudanese Australian Summer Slam
    Posted by Sandra Tay on March 7, 2014

    The 2013 South Sudanese Australian Summer Slam took over Frankston Basketball Stadium from December 20 to 22 for three days of action packed basketball that saw over 300 players from six states and territories compete across four categories. Newly appointed Helping Hoops committee member, Manyang Berberi, founded the tournament ten years ago, and since then, […]

  • The Huddle & Helping Hoops Team For the First of Many Events
    Posted by Sandra Tay on March 7, 2014

    The Huddle is the community arm of the North Melbourne Football Club and benefits many local young people in the community, particularly those from a multicultural and migrant background. The recent launch of the Helping Hoops North Melbourne program has been supported by The Huddle, and we are excited to expand the partnership in 2014, […]

  • Chris Anstey Becomes Latest Helping Hoops Ambassador
    Posted by Sandra Tay on March 7, 2014

    Head Coach of Helping Hoops Sporting Partners, the Melbourne Tigers, Chris has had a decorated basketball career that has seen him travel the world despite picking up the sport at the late age of 17. As well as playing at the highest level in the NBA for both the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls, Chris […]

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