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.


Helping Hoops News

  • 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 […]

  • Helping Hoops Girls Sydney-Bound
    Posted by Adam McKay on April 9, 2014

    Twice a year, the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association holds its national tournaments. This is not only a great chance for members of the South Sudanese community to gather from all corners of Australia, but also provides a positive environment for the 30+ teams of over 300 players to showcase their athleticism. Helping Hoops has […]

  • It’s March Madness for Melbourne Basketballer
    Posted by Adam McKay 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 Adam McKay 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 Adam McKay 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 Adam McKay 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 Adam McKay 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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