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Helping Hoops’ mission is to use basketball to inspire, empower and support children and young people.

We achieve this through providing free community-based programs that instill values and skills that benefit participants in their everyday lives. Through this we aspire to create stronger, more cohesive communities while working for equality for the next generation of Australians.

Helping Hoops is an independent charity running free basketball programs for over 1,000 participants. Over 600 sessions per year benefit children and young people of all abilities aged 8 to 21.


Helping Hoops is an independent charity running free basketball programs for over 1,000 participants. Over 600 sessions per year benefit children and young people of all abilities aged 8 to 21.

Children and young people attending Helping Hoops programs may come from migrant or refugee backgrounds, living in inner-city public housing estates, have an intellectual disability or special needs, or may be socioeconomically disadvantaged in some way.

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

By The Numbers

Free basketball sessions run every year
Programs each week
Children engaged each year

The Helping Hoops Charity Shootout

This is the shootout’s tenth year, our Heritage Fundraising event, and after a 2-year break, we are very much looking to shooting free throws, bringing the communities together across Melbourne and raising much needed funds for Helping Hoops.
Our concept for the 2022 Shootout is multifaceted. We want to encourage people to sign up even if they cannot make one of the venues and participate at a location or time that works for them during the month of May.

Campaign Aim
Sign up to shoot as many free throws as they can in a 5- or 15-minute block. From signing up and during the lead up, we ask participants to fundraise amongst their friends, family, and co-workers and share their progress online. We are aiming to raise $100k this year for the organisation.

Shootout Venues Confirmed for 2022
Saturday 30th April - Elevate 24/7 Basketball - Sunshine North (time slots available)
Sunday 1st May - MSAC Show court - Albert Park (time slots available)

Or Shoot Anywhere!
“Shoot Anywhere” plays into dedicated but playful ‘training’ by maximising moments throughout the day where you can get extra shots up to perfect your technique. We want to bring new meaning to stepping up to the Charity Stripe!

These might be throwing rubbish in a bin, a tennis ball into a bucket, a ping pong ball into a cup, we want fundraisers to get creative!

The Fundraising Campaign runs for the entire month of May, so there is plenty of time for you to perfect your shooting touch and raise funds and awareness for Helping Hoops. There will be prizes for highest individual and team fundraisers. Also, we have a new prize for the best fundraising campaign. So, we encourage you to get Creative with your content!

Campaign Aim

New for 2022!

For registered Fundraisers (Shooters), the more you raise, the more prizes you receive!

Raise over $50
– Nike Charity Shootout T Shirt

Raise over $100 – Nike Hyper Elite Basketball

Raise over $250 – Limited Edition Nike Helping Hoops Shootout Hoodie

Make A Donation

Every dollar goes to supporting our programs and projects. Donations are tax-deductible and an online receipt will be issued once payment is processed.

Contact us to discuss larger donations or corporate sponsorships.

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Donation Total: $50.00 One Time

Other Ways You Can Help

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Supporting young people in our community requires a team effort. We want you on our squad! Become a member by making monthly donations and enjoy great benefits.

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We have different sponsorship packages available, so please contact us — we want to build the strongest team possible!

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Whether your skills are on the basketball court or behind the scenes, we rely heavily on volunteers to keep Helping Hoops thriving. Join our team and help us help the next generation of leaders in our community.

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