Hardy Plumbing
July 26, 2006

Hooping for Hope


Legendary NBA head coach Larry Brown, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, renowned sportswriter/author Mike Lupica and New York Knicks broadcaster Mike Breen are some of the basketball luminaries who will light up the eighth annual Hoops 4 Hope benefit this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Southampton Recreation Center.

The All Star Coaching Clinic promises to have surprise guests as children ages six to 16 will learn and brush up on their basketball skills from Brown, one of the game's greatest coaches. There will also be T-shirts and prizes, all for either a donation of $20 per child and/or a contribution of a pair of lightly used sneakers.

Later that evening, there will be a benefit party that will feature African food, live music by the Bakithi Kumalo Band, artwork by Zimbabwean artists including Dominic Benhura, live and silent auctions and fun and festivities to support the Hoops 4 Hope organization. The party will take place at 127 Gibson Lane in Sagaponack and the cost is $250 per person or $5000 per table.

Hoops 4 Hope is a non-for-profit organization that each year, gives over 10,000 children in South Africa and Zimbabwe a better chance to beat the odds in communities plagued by poverty, violence and HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1995, Hoops 4 Hope combines the joy of basketball with life-skills training that promotes leadership and responsibility, while empowering youngsters to live healthy and productive lives.

The Hoops 4 Hope charity was created by Mark Crandall, an East Hampton native who spent time as an exchange student in Zimbabwe in the late 1980's and was struck by the living conditions of the people in southern Africa, according to a press release on the New York Knicks official website.

"The lack of basic needs and services is what is most striking," Crandall was quoted as saying. "Things that our kids take for granted, like sneakers and athletic equipment are invaluable there. I hope that by donating these little things from here that we can both make a difference in Zimbabwe and South Africa and give these kids here an experience that they will remember that will encourage them to help as they grow."

For more information on either event, please contact 631-267-8682.

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