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Helping Hoops is an independent charity running free basketball programs for over 1,000 underprivileged children. Over 450 sessions per year benefit children and young people of all abilities aged 7 to 21. As a charity, Helping Hoops is not solely focused on improving skills, but also uses basketball to instill values that benefit children in their lives outside of sport.

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

Helping Hoops aims to build self-esteem, provide a sense of belonging and community, aid social cohesion, instil discipline, develop goal setting and leadership skills, and promote a healthy and 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 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.


We are looking to get to 100 members by the end of 2018. Click here to help us reach our goal.

Latest News

Eric Gordon Camp 2018

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Houston Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon visited Melbourne to run two basketball camps in August 2018. The Melbourne edition of Gordon’s camp welcomed 30 children from Helping Hoops programs, who…

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Ben Simmons Gives Back

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2018 NBA Rookie of the Year, and Melbourne-born Philadelphia 76er, Ben Simmons held his second annual basketball camp in August 2018, and offered 20 spots to Helping Hoops children from…

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We’re Turning 8 Today

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Today, it’s 8 years since we opened our first free basketball program for disadvantaged kids in Footscray with a handful of friends and volunteers. From that one program, we’ve grown…

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