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Hoops of Hope
By Benjamin Hughes
For BaltimoreStories.com

Baltimore’s World Relief has created a way for members of a church or community to use basketball to help those in need. Hoops of Hope is a program that allows participants to shoot baskets or play a basketball game that for every point scored a sponsors pledges a donation to help those suffering from poverty, disasters, hunger, disease, war and prosecution around the world. Part of the proceeds can also go to help homeless shelters, soup kitchens or other ministries in a specific area

Hoops of Hope can be a fun way to raise money for those who are suffering from hurricane damage on the Gulf of Mexico, in Africa from civil war and AIDS or in Asia from the tsunami. World Relief has suggested some ways that Hoops of Hope can work:

  • Each participant takes 10 shots from the free-throw line. Sponsors pledge a donation for each successful basket.
  • Each participant has 10 runs at the basket to shoot as many hoops as he or she can.
  • Sponsors pledge a donation for each successful basket.
  • Each participant has 5 minutes to shoot as many baskets as he or she can. Sponsors pledge a donation for each successful basket.
  • Stage a game between two teams. Sponsors pledge a donation for each point scored by the participant’s team.

World Relief is a faith-based nonprofit organization that works in over 20 nations, to help reach the poor and suffering. For more information.

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