Participants register their preferred 15-minute time to make as many free throws as they can, and set themselves a fundraising goal for their achievement with all proceeds going to Helping Hoops. A dedicated event venue will see Albert Park College transformed into a carnival full of attractions, prizes, guests, food and more, however those unable to make it to Albert Park also have the option of shooting in their local area, making the Shootout a global event.
Helping Hoops Executive Director, Adam McKay, hopes that this fundraising effort will have a huge impact and help in not only sustaining the eight programs that currently run weekly in Fitzroy, Sunshine, Broadmeadows, Footscray, North Melbourne, Richmond, Croxton and Dandenong, but also in resourcing future programs so the charity can reach even more children.
"Every week, we make and keep promises to children suffering from disadvantage, and I am proud that we have been able to do this all for free for the past six years. Funds raised from the 24 Hour Charity Shootout help us keep these promises now and into the future, and allow us to expand our reach to help even more children who need us in their neighbourhood."
Last year’s 24 Hour Charity Shootout raised over $60,000 for Helping Hoops, with participants combining to shoot 21,034 free throws over the course of the weekend at a healthy 46%.
This year's Shootout will also feature the Frantic Five Challenge on Saturday, June 25 from 1-2pm. The Frantic Five will see guests Chris Anstey, Attica Restaurant’s Ben Shewry, Chris Goulding, David Barlow and Majok Majok from Melbourne United, and Australian Opal Alice Kunek team up with Helping Hoops coaches to compete in a free throw shooting tournament. More guests will be announced soon. Other attractions across the weekend will include DJs, live street art, face painting, arcade games, artwork displays, Mr Burger food van, and Helping Hoops prizes and merchandise on offer.
The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is all about giving the wider community an opportunity to get involved in Helping Hoops, and to be a hero from their own backyard, local court, or at Albert Park College.
Register online and choose your 15-minute time slot at helpinghoops.com.au/24
What: Helping Hoops 24 Hour Charity Shootout
When: Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June (9am-9pm both days)
Where: Albert Park College (83 Danks Street, Albert Park) and at basketball hoops everywhere Register to Participate: helpinghoops.com.au/24