Helping Hoops is a Melbourne charity running free weekly basketball programs for over 1,000 disadvantaged and disabled children every year. Our 300-plus sessions per year benefit children of all abilities aged 7 to 15. Being a charity, Helping Hoops is not focused on competition, teams or producing the next basketball phenom, but rather uses basketball to instil values that will assist children in their lives outside of sport.
Children attending Helping Hoops programs are predominantly from a migrant, refugee or multicultural background, have an intellectual disability, or are living on inner-city high-rise public housing estates.
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.