The Philippines is a basketball country.
Whether it's young players playing in any conditions, hoopers intensely going at each other barefoot or in flip-flops (or "tsinelas"), or the insane turnouts for anything basketball, the nation is enamored with the game.
Over 40 million Filipinos play basketball, and around 50% of the population are passionate basketball fans (and about 81% in cities - which explains why the Philippines ranks second behind the USA in NBA following).
In this project, it was our mission to give back to a community that has given so much to the game.
Will this change the entire landscape of the community in such a large country? No. We're realistic about that.
But what we hope it's able to do is add fuel to an already massive fire, and begin a domino effect that will build more role models, expose the culture to the world, and show young athletes what can be done achieved the game and how many opportunities exist.
The completion of the court is not an ending point, but rather the beginning of a hoops haven that needs nurturing and continued support to breed young basketball players and humans as intended!
Amount required for sustainability: $USD 4,500/year
Investing in one athlete can oftentimes double as an investment in an entire hoops community. The third part of our initiative includes sponsoring 1-2 young, dedicated Filipino hoopers to travel to Miami for two weeks in summer 2024 for our annual Grow the Game Week. Here, they'll train with other sponsored hoopers around the world, build a family, experience new perspectives and cultures, and head back to their community a well-equipped leader and role model for their hoops culture. Check out the Grow the Game Week experience here!
Target funding for two scholarships: $USD 5,000 (including all flights and expenses)
We looked to raise $15,000 to ensure all of our aspirations (court builds, tournament, full-length documentary, and the athlete scholarships) were done correctly and truly work to Grow the Game of basketball in the Philippines! At the time of completion, we raised roughly $8,000 across donation channels.
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