Projects

Soccer 4 Hope and Hoops 4 Hope have a lot of exciting projects going on. Here are our most recent projects completed or in development.


HOOP BUILDING
One of the greatest sources of pride for Hoops 4 Hope is when we are given the opportunity to build and install new baskets at a school, playground, or community center. It’s a process that gets a lot of people involved and has positive and lasting effects. We do our best to:

  • Use recycled materials in the construction
  • Source local welders and builders to keep the job local to the community.
  • Get the commitment of the benefactor to maintain the court.

Hoop building is the foundation of what we do – it gets local people involved and provides an outlet for kids to do what they do best: play!


COMMUNITY CLINICS
There are few things more fulfilling than being involved in a clinic. Clinics are made up of games and drills that focus on teamwork and good sportsmanship. The response is always overwhelming. The clinic provides a positive forum to:

  • Encourage kids to discuss topics that affect their lives.
  • Talk about HIV and AIDS, the misconceptions and myths, and common sense prevention.
  • Play and learn new games, make new friends, and bond with supportive older kids and adults.

Because of the enthusiasm by the kids who participate, we can’t help but have a great time facilitating it all.


LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION
Life Skills are acquired or developed skills or tools that help a person become successful in life. This ranges from knowing how to brush your teeth to being able to use language effectively. With Life Skills Education, our coordinators study how to effectively pass on this knowledge to the kids.

We believe that by focusing our efforts on the Life Skills that are essential to all people, we are providing children with the important tools they need to develop a strong and positive character and make healthy, positive choices.


RECYCLED EQUIPMENT
Hoops 4 Hope was originally built on the idea that sporting equipment had value even after a lot of use. In our first years, the amount of stuff we shipped over to Southern Africa was meager – just a few balls and shoes collected from friends and family.

Now, the recycled equipment idea is a massive operation, and entire schools and clubs have held drives to collect various sporting goods for use in the communities we serve. Our shipments move across the Atlantic via cargo ship, and the equipment we disperse gets used until it turns to dust!


THE COACHES TOUR
The Coaches Tour brings U.S. high school and college coaches from to Africa in an effort to:

  • Give the coaches from each continent insight into what the sporting and cultural world is like on the other side of the ocean;
  • Expose the H4H kids to some great coaching; and
  • Create a greater awareness of Hoops 4 Hope.

The first coach’s tour took place in 2002 and was a great success.