Hoops Aid to launch this Autumn
UK’s first national basketball fundraiser to take place at Copper Box Arena
The first ever Hoops Aid will take place on Sunday 15th September 2013 at the Copper Box Arena on the recently re-developed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
On the day
The event will see celebrities, sporting personalities, Olympic and Paralympic athletes and professional basketball players come together to play basketball and raise money for the charity Sports Traider.
Looking to the future
It is anticipated that Hoops Aid will become a regular fixture, taking place every two years, on the alternative year to Soccer Aid and Sport Aid. However, Hoops Aid will differ from Soccer Aid in that it will feature disability sport by means of an exhibition wheelchair basketball match involving ‘Battle Back’ the inspirational injured soldiers’ charity.
Hoops Aid organiser Lance Haggith and founder of charity Sports Traider said: “Hoops Aid will be a wonderful celebration of sport. My aim for the day is to ensure everyone goes home smiling, having had a great day and having enjoyed themselves immensely and been inspired by what they have seen."
“I launched the idea because wanted to keep the momentum going generated by the Olympics where a nation was united. Many opinions were changed about sport and disabilities and barriers broken down at the Paralympics where we watched sport not disability."
“Hoops Aid as well as being great entertainment, will demonstrate how sport is accessible whether you are able-bodied or disabled.”
Peter Bundey, Deputy Chief Executive of GLL the charitable Social Enterprise behind the Copper Box Arena added: “We are delighted that this important and worthy fundraiser will take place at the Copper Box Arena. It combines elite sport with very worthwhile community ambitions that closely mirror GLL’s Social Enterprise ethos.”
Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the Copper Box Arena is hosting this tremendously worthwhile Hoops Aid event which promises some superb entertainment. Sport can transform people’s lives and it’s tremendously important that opportunities to take part in activities are available to everyone. Part of the legacy we are delivering through programmes and initiatives like Motivate East are helping to ensure that is the case. Around 26,000 new sport and physical activity opportunities will be offered to disabled people living around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park over the next three years through this.”
Lance Haggith, who was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 Unsung Hero for setting up Sports Traider, and helping his local community for over 30 years added: “Hoops Aid will be a perfect example of the Olympic Legacy and it is fitting that it is taking place on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park itself.”
Lance received further recognition by the Prime Minister in 2011 by being awarded the Big Society award from David Cameron for making a difference in the community at No. 10.