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Hoops for Youth Foundation was created in September 1999 with the mission of creating opportunities for at-risk kids through basketball.  Since this time our efforts and programs have grown and are no longer just about basketball, but much more. Our goals are to teach kids that the skills they use on the basketball court can be used in everyday life to help them succeed.

The Hoops for Youth Foundation is more than about playing basketball, it’s about supporting kids in our communities.  It’s about helping to provide the next generation of leaders an opportunity to grow and develop in an environment that offers opportunities not barriers.

Through our work, we play an important role in the lives of some wonderful kids who are vulnerable.  It’s through our financial and volunteer support that we are able to help provide a clear path for these young men and women that empowers them to be the next leaders and role models of their generation.


Our goals are simple:

  • Provide leadership to at risk kids

  • Provide financial support to at risk kids

  • Provide mentoring to at risk kids

  • Provide educational opportunities to at risk kids

  • Empower at risk kids to become leaders

  • Provide at risk kids with a chance

These goals are simple, but you would be amazed at the number of kids living in our community who don’t have or aren’t given a chance to succeed.  Through the Hoops for Youth Foundation and all of its volunteers, were committed to playing an active role in helping these kids succeed. 

So many of us have been truly blessed with the basic things in life; like a safe environment, nurturing family, good friends, a good education, food to eat, and a safe place to live.  The kids we support are not always this lucky. What we take for granted sometimes are things out of reach for these kids.

With everyone’s help and support we can continue to make it possible for these kids to enjoy the same kind of success.  This isn’t an obligation for any of us, but a basic belief that it’s up to all of us to ensure that ALL kids have a fighting chance.  Success isn’t just for the well to do, but for everyone who wants to succeed.​

Foundation Highlights
  • Awarded more than 25 scholarship to single Mom’s so that they could send their kids to St. Anthony’s;

  • Host an annual coaching clinic for at-risk youth;

  • Host annual youth basketball tournament for at-risk youth;

  • Host an annual food drive;

  • Provide youth mentoring services to at-risk kids in DC;

  • Provide parenting counseling to teenage Mom’s and Dad’s in DC;

  • Host annual toy drive for at-risk kids in DC;

  • In 2013 rebuilt a basketball court in Ward 8 for Horton’s Kids;

  • Scheduled to rebuild 5 more courts in the next five years;

  • Host annual Day on the Hill to teach district students about the value of the First Amendment and becoming active in their community;

  • Created the Jim Lyon’s Youth Scholarship Fund.

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