HELPING HOOPS - www.helpinghoops.com.au
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.
THE LIFECHANGER FOUNDATION https://lifechanger.org.au/
LifeChanger believes all youth deserve the opportunity to live their best life.
Their mission is to empower young people by providing the resources, skills, education and pathway they need to develop a positive
self-identity, self-awareness and resilience. LifeChanger is the first pre-emptive program of its kind. A LifeChanger program identifies and develops local community mentors, then connects them with young people, through a series of interactive development workshops to help build a sustainable village of support.
It is through interactive learning activities, self-reflection, expression, emotional awareness and development of the ability to communicate effectively with others LifeChanger programs support and develop, thriving resilient youth.
This pre-emptive and holistic program supports communities by building strong connections and resilient young people.
Melbourne United proudly supports all of LifeChanger’s activities. Most recently the club took part in LifeChanger’s major fundraiser, KM’s4KIDS whereby our goal was to run, walk, cycle or swim as many kilometres as possbile in 21-days.