Ballin’ for buckets since 2018
Hoops2o, the NBA arm of Waterboys, was founded in 2018 by five professional basketball players, known as the Starting 5, looking to make a difference in the fight for clean water. Hoops2O unites players from across the NBA and college basketball to raise funds and awareness for clean water initiatives in East Africa.
Our players know that clean water access not only saves lives, but it also saves thousands of hours for those we serve. With the gift of time, kids can go to school, women can develop skills and earn income, and communities can sustain agriculture.
In season one (2018-2019), the Starting 5 rallied friends, coaches, and fans to fund five wells. These players gave it every ounce and changed the lives of 35,000 people in desperate need of clean water by giving of their time and resources on and off the court.
When we hit the hardwood in 2019 for our second season, Hoops2o had grown to more than ten NBA athletes, as well as saw support emerge from the G-League and abroad. With the growth into NCAA collegiate basketball through the University of Virginia’s head coach men’s basketball coach, Hoops2o continues to expand its reach and impact.
Now that’s something to cheer for!
What does it mean to be a ‘Hoo?
For Coach Tony Bennett, it means being a servant. It means being a game-changer beyond the Lawn by transforming communities through the gift of clean water.
Because of our shared commitment to making the world a better place, Coach Tony Bennett is partnering with Hoops2o to expand the program’s footprint to basketball fans across the NBA and college, all with the goal of bringing clean water to one million people.View Profile
Why Water Matters
Water scarcity limits millions of people in ways you might not imagine.
Improving access to reliable water sources allows diverse crops to thrive. In turn, families can create their own food source and sell these goods for income.
Children, especially girls, typically stay home to help their mothers collect water or care for the household. With clean water wells, they are able to attend school on a regular basis.
Families gain back the time they need to create and sell goods, learn new skills and partake in other income-generating activities.
Water-related diseases cause nearly 1 in 5 deaths of children under 5 and are responsible for 50% of hospitalized patients. Access to clean water saves lives and creates healthier communities.
Waterboys Hoops2O in action
Hoops2O: Well Site #53
Osinoni Village, Ngorongoro
Well Site #53 is located in Osinoni Village in the Ngorongoro region and was completed in July 2019. The well serves 6,000 Massai villagers and produces 3,000 liters of water an hour.
This is the inaugural Hoops2o well site funded by NBA fans. It has saved the villagers a 3 mile trip to their previous water source, which equates to 616,960 yearly hours saved. The need here is so high Hoops2o funded a second well in this same village to provide water for the new primary school and health center.
Join the Hoops2O team driving to score clean, accessible drinking water for those in need.
Join the Hoops2O lineup in their cause to filling buckets, not just draining them.