Written by Hoops 4 Hope Volunteer, Mickey Isaacs
Over the Heritage Day weekend, beginning September 22nd, Hoops 4 Hope, in collaboration with STR.CRD and Sportscene, helped to host two huge events in efforts to boost awareness regarding the program. Beginning at Wednesday’s media launch party in the Sportscene store at Canal Walk, and lasting through Friday’s STR.CRD sneaker swap, the end of the week was filled with fun and excitement for everyone. While Wednesday offered an opportunity to meet others associated with STR.CRD, the real fun began on Thursday, when New York streetball legend, DJ, sneaker enthusiast and former Hoops 4 Hope Ubuntu award winner Bobbito García came out to the Rainbow Center in Gugulethu to lead a coaching clinic for local children.
After watching a life skills lesson, Bobbito took the kids outside. Not even the rain that had been falling all day could dampen spirits, as the court was just dry enough for lessons. Bobbito led the kids in drills, games and some running, combining his love of the game with knowledge, coaching ability and a positive attitude.
Following the coaching clinic and after some much needed downtime for the weary traveller, Bobbito stopped in at Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s multi-purpose hall to join local celebrities such as Siya (Scoop) from gossip show “Real Goboza,” and even Hoops 4 Hope’s own Thierry Kita among many others for Hoops 4 Hope’s celebrity/local all-star game. The game, which was tightly contested, was filled with dunks, three-pointers, tricky ball-handling and fancy passing. It ended up going into overtime before a winner could be declared, with the blue team finally taking home the victory.
On Friday, STR.CRD held South Africa’s first Sneaker Swap at Cape Town Station. This event featured many big players in today’s sneaker game, including Bobbito, Alex Nash (AKA Nashmoney) and Cognito (AKA The Shuchef). Hoops 4 Hope came out and set up a basketball hoop for everyone to stop at and play a few games. Between the two stages set up—one for musical artists and another for the many dancers, including B-Boys, B-Girls and full-on dance crews of all ages—and the makeshift skateboard park, visitors to the event were excited to have the opportunity to participate in one of the exhibits rather than only being able to watch. 3-on-3 games, shooting competitions, and exhibitions from local streetballers made for a lot of fun for anyone who participated or just wanted to stop by.
On the whole, the Heritage Day weekend was jam-packed with fun and enthusiasm, leading to a lot of fun for participants in the activities. Students from the clinic, fans of the all-star game, those who showed up at Cape Town Station on Friday, and even the travelling celebrities Alex Nash, Cognito and Bobbito were treated to all kinds of excitement they are sure to remember for years to come.