Helping Hoops is a charity running free weekly basketball programs for over 1,000 disadvantaged & disabled children through 350-plus sessions per year benefitting children of all abilities. As a charity, Helping Hoops is not focused on competition, teams or producing the next basketball phenomenon, but instead uses basketball to instil values that help children in their lives outside of sport.
Children attending Helping Hoops programs are from a refugee or migrant background, have an intellectual disability, are living on inner-city, high-rise public housing estates, or are asylum seekers. Helping Hoops focuses on building self-esteem, providing a sense of belonging and community, aiding social cohesion, instilling discipline, developing goal setting and leadership skills, and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
Helping Hoops is proud to be an Official Charity Partner of the Melbourne United Basketball Club, and is present at every home game of the season running pre-game activities for children at the double-decker bus. Melbourne United players regularly visit Helping Hoops programs to provide strong, positive role models and put a smile on the faces of children in need.
Melbourne United is also on board through the Three Point Community Sponsorship campaign, which sees $40 donated to Helping Hoops for every three-point shot scored during the entire 2014-15 NBL season.
ZAIDEE’s RAINBOW FOUNDATION
Zaidee’s Story is directed towards both children and adults so they can think about others who are waiting for a life saving operation and a suitable match for an organ or tissue. Think about giving this gift to others so they can live a better life and in some cases, have a second chance at life.
Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces are the national symbol for organ and tissue donation, worn by Melbourne Untied players each year in the Zaidee’s Shield match against Perth Wildcats.