Helping Hoops Hit the Streets of Fitzroy

Media Release: On Sunday 3rd February, the inaugural Helping Hoops Fitzroy Tournament will provide reason for the kids living on the Atherton Gardens Estate to smile. Having run regular tournaments as part of our Helping Hoops Sunshine program in Melbourne’s west, we are stepping out of the gym and taking the tournament format to the streets!

Helping Hoops coaches Mike Spears and Omar Coles will run a morning clinic (10am to
12noon) at which time registrations will be open for the afternoon competitions. A BBQ lunch will be followed by junior and senior competitions, with kids placed into teams on the day.

Registrations are free and open to children aged 10 – 21.

Set among the backdrop of trendy Brunswick and Gertrude streets, the Atherton Gardens
public housing estate is home to approximately 2,500 residents. A high percentage of the
families are from a refugee background, having come to Australia to escape the hardships and dangers faced in Africa.

Aside from end-to-end hoops, the tournament day will include DJs and giveaways. We
welcome the public to come down and see the action.

About Us: Helping Hoops is a charity running FREE weekly basketball programs for disabled and disadvantaged kids in Melbourne. The Fitzroy Program runs every Thursday at the outdoor basketball court at Atherton Gardens. For two hours every week, the aspiring basketballers are given a safe, encouraging environment with people who believe in them.

Our promise is to be a constant presence in the lives of these kids from a refugee background.

Helping Hoops takes the role of assisting personal growth and life skills extremely seriously, always delivering the best possible programs.

For further information, or to become a Helping Hoops Hero, please contact Adam McKay
0433 857 875.


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