I treated it like every day was my last day with basketball.
LeBron James

Hope Thru Hoops

(The largest year-round grassroots basketball development programs run by an NGO)

Hi5 Youth Foundation [Hi 5] runs a FREE multi-year, multi-level basketball excellence program for tribal/urban slum area children called “Hope thru Hoops”. With an aim to provide children from marginalized sections an opportunity to strive for excellence and develop character, confidence & courage. In short, be a game changer for the sport; life changer for the children. It's a multi-year rigorous training program, where each year children graduate from one level and enter into another level of skilling - very similar to a school system. Hi5 builds basketball courts at any tribal/slum area center with an aim to run our flagship program for next 10-15 years in a location and provide children/community an alternate pathway to succeed in life through sports.

The Last of us

Children in our program are provided with jersey, shorts, a pair of shoes and socks as a part of their sports kit for regular training

' Hope Thru Hoops ' - Program at a glance
Scale Excellence Recognition
★ 2,100 children, 20 centers (10 municipal - BMC - schools, 2 Zilla Parishad School, 2 centres for slum area children, 1 tribal Jr. college and 5 residential tribal/orphanage schools) with 30+ coaches ★ 90% of children in our program experience winning moments (60 top three finishes in 2019-20) ★ Hi5 children’s stories (i.e. 6 stories) were published in NBA India’s Coffee Table Book - Home Court - Inside India's Unique basketball Communities
★ Program runs for 320+ days a year, 1 hour per day, 6 days a week ★ 100% of children in program aim to continue to pursue their education (National 10th pass average rate 82%) ★ Recognised by Apollo Tyres as 'Go The Distance Heroes' in Jan 2020 on Star Sports 1 Channel
★ Operational in 3 Indian states – Maharashtra (14 centers), West Bengal (2 centers) & Telangana (4 centers) ★ Hi5 strives for 50:50 participation, to give girls and boys an equal opportunity to; train together, play alongside each other and experience success as a team ★ Hi5 USA (funding partner) has received Bronze Seal of Transparency by GuideStar

Note: Hi5 flagship program runs from July to June every year in sync with the academic calendar system of India.

Additional Program Elements

After 5 years we are at 1600 children in Mumbai and 2100 children overall including Hyderabad and Kolkata making it one of the "largest grassroot basketball program for the underprivileged completely FREE".

Hoop it Up: Hi5’s annual event/tournament is called ‘Hoop it Up’, organised every year for all children in ‘Hope Thru Hoops’ program, training across different centers, under different categories (U12, U14, U16 and U18) to showcase their basketball skills. Each year, it is organised during the Jan-March period, spreadover 3-4 weekends with about 75+ teams participating. Some of key features of this event are:

  • Tournaments are organised professionally with records of each basket made to boost competitiveness spirit
  • Children are provided with transportation, energy bars, snacks and drinking water supply throughout the day
  • Guests, supporters and donors visits during the day to encourage children and also facilitate winning teams

Summer Slam: Hi5 every year runs a summer residential camp program called SummerSlam under Hope Thru Hoops umbrella. This is an essential part of the flagship program during the summer vacation/break, where children (both boys & girls) are given the opportunity to get trained by our coaches for long hours each day (full day training for 10 days) at a residential set-up near Mumbai. Children during this course are divided into batches so as to keep the training momentum organized and also schedule life skills delivery during the relaxed period of the day. Some of key features of this program are:

  • Free Transportation, lodging & meals are provided to children during the course
  • Training is conducted on a standard basketball court with floodlights made by Hi5, to have practice matches between different batches by night (end of the day)
  • Training program also extends to watching basketball match videos in the AV room, attending spoken english classes, as well as separate sessions on understanding the rules of the game.