History is being made in the 20th Anniversary Season
The Night Hoops charity basketball program is thrilled to be celebrating our 20th Anniversary season. The program has a sustainable model of supporting Inner City youth, teaching them Life Skills and developing leaders from within.
The Night Hoops program is a community-based league for teenage boys and girls, and it runs primarily on weekend evenings. The goal is to use basketball as a vehicle to promote personal development and community engagement. There are no cuts, it is free for all players and the program is active in Vancouver, Burnaby, and North Vancouver.
For several reasons, this season is making history:
'Night Hoops 20th Anniversary Day' in the City of Vancouver
It was a special opportunity for Night Hoops to host the Honourable Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson at Hastings Community Centre on March 5. He spoke with the youth about how sport is a healthy and positive outlet and made a proclamation that March 5, 2016 is Night Hoops 20th Anniversary Day in the City of Vancouver. During warmups, his jump shot was on point.
— Van Mayor's Office (@VanMayorsOffice) March 6, 2016
Senior Girls Divison
March 12 was also a special day as Night Hoops launched the first ever Senior Girls division. Girls League Coordinator Mitra Tshan realized that success depended on not competing with the High School season. So once that season concluded, Night Hoops launched a 7 week season. The Senior Girls will be highlighted as the main event at the Championships.
Alumni finally earn a win against the Vancouver Police Department team
The Vancouver Police Department basketball team has been an amazing partner and supporter of Night Hoops for many years. The team in red had some extra motivation and never backed down from the bigger VPD team. Gurpreet Dhillon, Wayne Hoang, and Jen Ju were absolutely on fire and led the way in scoring. In the third quarter Oghosa threw down a massive two-handed smash. VPD has a sharp shooter who was dialed in from downtown, but Night Hoops managed to hit some clutch shots down the stretch and escaped with a 114 - 108 win. A huge thank you goes to everyone who participated and delivered such an exciting game.
— Night Hoops (@NightHoops) April 24, 2016
Burnaby Youth Custody Services Senior Boys Final
For the first time ever the team from Burnaby Youth Custody Services won their semi-final matchup and earned a spot in the Championship game. Therefore the other finalist - Collingwood Neighbourhood House Senior Boys - will be heading into the jail to play against the host BYCS. This will be a very interesting matchup as there is no three-point line. BYCS has the strongest home court advantage in the entire league. The two teams will be squaring off on Friday, April 29. Stay tuned to see who will grab the championship.
Championship Event: April 30 at 4:30 PM at Gladstone Secondary School
The Championship Event has to be the most anticipated evening of the entire season. Understandably so, it’s for the gold! But for Night Hoops, it’s more than that. We also invite media, sponsors, fans, friends and family. There are awards, prizes, pizza and a DJ! Come out and celebrate this milestone anniversary season. Be a part of the history!