CAMP HOOP HEROES
When: March 26th - 30th
Hoop Heroes (HH) is a part of the Sports as a Hook (SAAH) program and is a free, week-long, intensive youth leadership and mentoring camp which leverages the game of basketball to provide students with mentors who educate them about high school, college and career opportunities. HH is a response to the need for children to connect with a caring adult as well as an opportunity to play. ASAS students often tell us that they sign up for the activities, but they stay for the caring adult relationships they develop with staff and mentors. Mentors focus on developing character traits such as discipline, respect, teamwork, resilience, and goal-setting.
Hoop Heroes Has Five Components
1) One-on-one mentoring
2) Nightly basketball drills
3) Structured leadership activities
4) Group dinners
5) Executive guest speakers
Chicago had their first Hoop Heroes this past April 2017. Sport-Related Professionals such as former NBA Player Stephen Bardo shared inspirational stories about the keys to high school, college and career success. In addition, mentors volunteered for four days in order to create and establish a close relationship with the kids. Many of the mentors completed 4-year colleges and held careers located in downtown Chicago with companies such as Havas, First Midwest Bank, City Year, UnitedWay, NewsAmerica Marketing, Big Ten Network and SNP Strategies. Day-four encompassed “College Night” where mentors were able to share their experiences from their alma mater and do a “relay race” activity to encourage students to go to their choice of University.