Hoops for Hope

IMG_9219The children peered through the windows with anticipation until the door finally opened, marking the start of Hoops for Hope. GCHope was blessed to have a dozen former NBA players and athletes volunteer their time to facilitate a sports clinic for Buena Park kids in We’ve Got Your Back. WGYB students from Whitaker, Pendleton, Gilbert, Valencia, and Emery elementary schools and Buena Park High School showed up ready to play.

The children were divided into groups and spent the morning learning new basketball, soccer, martial arts, football, and fishing skills. In addition they learned how to sword fight from Medieval Times knights. It was most of the kids’ first time to hold a fishing rod and they even had the chance to win their own! There was a local soccer coach from a club in Buena Park that invited a boy to join his team. He said he saw great potential in the kid and he should be playing on a team.

It was a beautifully hot day that made sure everyone was extra hungry at lunch for tacos! After lunch there was free play with the athletes. A couple kids got one-on-one lessons from former Sacramento Kings player, David Cooke. It was incredible watching the athletes inspire these kids to dream big and reach for their goals.

As the children began leaving one boy yelled, “This was the best day of my life!” It is a gift to be able to give these children a day that memorable.

GCHope would like to thank Rick Darnell and the Legends of Basketball for coordinating the appearance of such phenomenal athletes. Thank you to Wells Fargo for sponsoring the event and believing in GCHope’s mission to serve vulnerable children and families across the street and around the world. Thank you to Walmart for the generous donation that enabled GCHope to receive new basketball hoops for the kids to enjoy.Thank you to all the athletes that came out to support these kids: Keith Erickson, Paul Clifford, Bob Mitchell, Mike Atwater, Brent Concolino, David Cooke, Ray Price, Amodo Salinas, Kent Williams, John Brewer, Philip Fredman, Jeff Wesson, Tac Clifford, and Dr. Ward Henry.

GCHope was humbled to see how many people pulled together to make a difference in these kids lives. Praise God!

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