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.

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]