Thrilled with the outcome of shooting free throws for just one day, Austin wanted to give other people the opportunity to do help these AIDS orphans as well, so he started Hoops of Hope, a 501(c)3 charity basketball shoot-a-thon organization. The idea of Hoops of Hope is that anyone, regardless of age, gender, race or faith, can shoot free throws and raise sponsorships per free throw. Hoops of Hope then uses 100% of the money raised to build schools, dormitories, health clinics and orphan hope centers in Africa.
With $1.5 Million raised in the past 6 years, Austin is now partnering with All-Stars to take his story and the needs of orphans to a global audience.
For more information on Hoops of Hope, visit hoopsofhope.org.
All-Stars is an organization that helps individuals and groups launch ideas for helping others onto a larger national and global platform. “All-Stars” have a common thread: They see a need, team with others, act on that need and create real results. The goal of All-Stars is to enable anyone with a passion for helping others to make a difference through something they love.
All-Stars and Hoops of Hope are partnering to produce a 12-city free throw festival. The 12 city tour is expected to raise over $6 Million, increase AIDS awareness and mobilize a generation towards helping others in need. The $6 Million will be used to fund projects in twelve African communities. Funding will include:
Building clean water pumps
Constructing health clinics
Constructing schools or funding school projects
Setting up sustainable enterprises