A Special Thanks To:
… Simpleworks Foundation … Empower Foundation … Nuvaat Sports Council … Eversharp Pens … FAVCO … Zim Companies … The Grant Family … The Fredman Family … The Bresler Foundation … Eva Rosenberg … Robert John O’Block … The Kazickas Family … The Koepp Family … Credit Suisse … Doris Duke Charitable Foundation … Good Circle … Kazickas Foundation … NBA Africa … Ross School … International School Belgium … Rafael Friedan … Nigel Sheldon … Jane Allen … George Zabitekas … Michael Breen … Andie Aronow … Sarah Meredith … Jordann Conaboy … The Feed Feed … Crandall family … NBA Cares … Higherlife Foundation


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

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.

Skills 4 Life are acquired or developed skills or tools that help a person become successful in life, and our coaches are trained to effectively pass on this knowledge to the kids and be the role models they desperately need.

We believe that our Skills 4 Life are essential and provide children with the important tools they need to develop a strong and positive character and make healthy, positive choices.

Hoops 4 Hope was built on the idea that sporting equipment can be up-cycled to teams and kids who are in need of the tools to play sports.

In 2009, 11,000 pairs of sneakers/cleats, and thousands of balls and uniforms have made it to the courts of Africa through our up-cycling operation. Individuals, schools, and clubs have held drives to collect various sporting goods that help our programs play in the communities we serve. Our shipments move across the Atlantic via cargo ship. Each pair of shoes cost approximately $5 per pair to get them across the ocean to a deserving child.

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Working with universities, schools and teams to build collaboration and understanding:

  • Give kids and coaches insight into what the sporting and cultural world;
  • Expose the H4H kids to a global community; and
  • Create a greater awareness and ripple effect of support.


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, and
  • 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!

H4H coaches are able to share our curriculum and model further afield and train others in our powerful and innovative model. Basketball without Borders and NBA Cares partner uses our Skills 4 Life curriculum.

“To whom much is given, much is expected,” John Calipari, Head Basketball Coach, said when addressing the attendees who sat on the floor listening to the coaches after a question-and-answer session. “To be special, you have to move people to another level.”

Calipari’s remarks referred to Mark Crandall, the East Hampton resident who founded Hoops 4 Hope in 1995 as a not-for-profit organization that uses basketball as a way to bring together impoverished youth in Africa, teaching them life skills through the sport while also raising AIDS awareness.

“A lot of people climb the ladder of success and when they get to the top, they pick up the ladder,” Calipari said. “When Mark reached the top, he reached back down and pulled up the next person and the next person.”