A local Hoops of Hope shoot-a-thon is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Menlo-Atherton High School’s basketball gym. To participate, contact Rich Branning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An estimated 20,000 participants nationwide will shoot free throws this year to raise awareness and funds for children severely affected by the HIV and AIDS virus in Africa. Started by now 16-year old Austin Gutwein, Hoops of Hope encourages kids, teens and adults to shoot 1,000 free throws to represent the 1,000 kids orphaned every four hours by HIV/AIDS.
On World AIDS Day 2004, Austin shot over 2,000 free throws to represent the more than 2,000 kids who were orphaned during his day at school. Since then, Austin has been recruiting others to join him and together they have raised over $2 million for these children over the past six years.
Hoops of Hopes shoot-a-thons have funded the building of a high school for 1,000 students, a medical lab and counseling center, a water project in Kenya as well as a second medical clinic in Zambia. Austin recently returned from his third trip to Africa where he was able to attend the dedication of the second lab. 100% of all Hoops of Hope funds go to World Vision, which facilitates the building of Hoops of Hope projects.
Photo of African youngsters courtesy of Hoops of Hope. Used with permission.