The sixth 24 Hour Charity Shootout took place on July 1 and 2 at Albert Park College in Melbourne and saw fundraisers of all ages come together to raise $76,694 for Helping Hoops. The event, which dates back to 2012, is based on a simple concept–shooting as many free throws as you can in a chosen 15 minute time period. Collectively, over 170 fundraisers participated and made 23,277 free throws in total, which is the most in Charity Shootout history.
The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is also a festival and chance to bring our community of supporters together to celebrate our work. Along with non-stop free throws taking up the on-court space at Albert Park College, there were activities and events throughout the two-day event such as a live street art showcase, barbers, arcade games, a photography exhibition, food trucks and a pop-up apparel store selling our new range of Helping Hoops clothing.
One of many highlights throughout the weekend was the Celebrity All Star Game held on the Saturday featuring guests Chris Goulding, Ben Shewry, Peter Siddle and David Barlow along with an excited contingent of participants from across our programs. Helping Hoops coaches joined in to provide some much needed play-calling for the four-team tournament, which was ultimately won by Team Goulding and a very proud Coach Nima.
Another significant event at this year’s 24 Hour Charity Shootout was the breaking of the elusive free throw record which has stood since 2013. Nahom beat the previous record of 343 free throws in 15 minutes, held by Chris Goulding, and went five better. The new score to beat stands at 348, and we look forward to seeing Chris coming back to attempt to reclaim his title in 2018.
Along with Nahom’s incredible effort, we also had the below winners take out their individual categories:
Senior Female – Steph Young (230)
Junior Male – Kobe Shewry (303)
Junior Female – Georgia Koopmans (284)
The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is the true definition of teamwork, with hundreds of people coming together to support Helping Hoops and raise money while having a lot of fun in the process. We would like to thank all the amazing fundraisers, sponsors, volunteers and organisers who made this year’s Shootout the biggest and best to date. In particular, a big shoutout goes to Chase Basketball for donating the awesome venue, NA Represents for generously giving all involved their own Shootout T-shirt, Mr Burger and the Brulee Cart for keeping us fed, Never Faded crew for their incredible live street art, Brother Wolf for coming through and giving out some fresh fades, our celebrity guests and Helping Hoops coaches, Sportsmart and Melbourne United for donating showbag items and helping promote the event, Goalrilla for giving away a portable hoop system, Max Events for logistical support and the donation of the inflatable outdoor hoop, and Beyond Rest and the Prince Alfred Hotel for their generous prize donations.
Every year, the Shootout gets a little bigger and a little better. We set the bar high in 2017 but welcome the challenge of going even bigger in 2018. We look forward to seeing all our friends and family again next year.