The gates opened at 9am on Saturday morning and kids began to arrive to “Hoop It Up”! They had fun hanging out with friends and practicing until it was their time to compete.
The boys were ready to compete!
There was one little girl however, who was looking a little sad. We asked her what was wrong. She quietly replied, “The boys said that girls can’t play basketball.” We reminded her that was NOT the case and ushered her over to the check-in table. She signed in, put her blue t-shirt on and began practicing.
Kids in our partnership neighborhoods don’t have many opportunities to participate in competitions like Hoop It Up. This was a morning of fun for them and a new experience for many.
patiently waiting their turn
89 kids participated from nine different schools. Each child received a very cool Hoop It Up t-shirt (thanks to our awesome sponsors) and then waited for their turn at the free throw line. Everyone had fun!
. . . some kids needed a little extra help
1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals were awarded at the end of the morning in all age categories
WHAT A GREAT MORNING!
Fun morning for everyone!
GREAT group of volunteers!
Thanks to our great group of volunteers who had fun interacting with the kids & helped make Hoop It Up a huge success!
– Kids had the chance to compete (a new experience for many of them).
– It was another opportunity to promote health and fitness.
– Hoop it up brought more awareness of the value of Saturday Sports and the need for mentoring kids in our Fresno Neighborhoods
– and we raised enough money to purchase sports equipment for 30+ Saturday Sports Programs that will start up again in the fall!
THANK YOU SPONSORS & FRIENDS!
Thank to Kaiser Permanente, J&D Foods, Fresno Housing Authority, Cargill, Torosian & Walter, NY Life, Spirit Radio, Fresno Breast Surgery, Spike & Rail, Holiday Inn Swan Court, FS Lawn, Bobby Salazar’s, and a lot other friends of ENP who helped sponsor kids to compete in the event!
We also want to thank Principal Tharpe for allowing us to Hoop It Up at Olmos Elementary!
Special thanks to Walgreens who not only provided unlimited water for everyone, but came in person to hand it out throughout the morning AND even helped with the competition.
Thanks also to the Fresno State Nonprofit Management Class and Professor Zhanna Bagdasarov who assisted ENP in planning and seeking sponsorships for Hoop It Up!
This day was a beautiful picture of MANY in our community coming together for the kids! We at ENP value the partnerships we have with churches, businesses, universities, and our schools and know that Fresno is a better place because there are SO MANY who want to be part of the transformation!
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ALSO WORTH NOTING: The first medal was awarded to A GIRL! Who said “girls can’t play basketball” anyway!
* The first medal was awarded to A GIRL!!!