LONDON, May 22, 2014 – In light of British Basketball having its funding withdrawn from UK Sport earlier in the year, the sport’s grassroots community has taken it upon themselves to showcase the talent that exists in the country.
British basketball website Hoopsfix.com has announced the Hoopsfix All Star Classic, taking place on Sunday 15 June at Brunel University, aiming to inspire a new generation of basketball players in the UK whilst raising funds for the Hoopsfix Foundation – a newly-launched not-for-profit initiative dedicated to helping grow the game of basketball in the UK.
“The event is a celebration of British basketball talent, history and culture,” said Sam Neter, owner of Hoopsfix.com.
“There are a ton of great players from here, many of which do not get the recognition or support they deserve and this is a chance to shine a light on just how much potential we have.
“With all the proceeds going towards the Hoopsfix Foundation, the event will give back to the game that has meant so much to all of us, bringing it full circle.”
The event will see twenty two of the best under-25 year olds in the country play a 40-minute game coached by two top UK coaching staffs, while the main game will be preceded by a junior showcase, featuring national team level under-16s. Rosters and coaching staff will be announced in the coming fortnight.
Hoopsfix will also host a dunk contest, where some of the UK’s best aerial artists will take to the floor to be crowned the UK’s best dunker.
A community coaching session will take place in the morning, which will see youth players from the London School of Basketball being put through their paces by Reach & Teach, the official grassroots development partner of the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic.
Limited tickets, which are expected to sell out quickly, are available online at hoopsfixallstarclassic.com, and will not be available on the door.
To be automatically entered into competition to win an annual subscription to ESPN Player, clothing, DVDS and more, talk about the event on Twitter, Facebook (make your status update public) and Instagram, using the hashtag #HASC14.
More details available at hoopsfixallstarclassic.com.
Supported by ESPN Player, 2tall.com, Molten, Amaechi Performance Systems, Reach & Teach, Sportserve, 5or6, Always Ballin’, Let Me Play and Wilkie TV.