Thanks to a partnership with the Salem-Keizer School District and sponsorship from Green Acres Landscape and iWingz, Hoopla XXII is expanding access to student-athletes with special needs
For years, Hoopla has been Oregon’s biggest 3x3 street basketball tournament, enjoying strong growth annually in teams young and old, male and female, skilled and recreational.
This year at Hoopla XXII presented by Capitol Toyota and Dutch Bros., the granddaddy of all 3x3 events in Oregon is expanding its offerings to student-athletes with disabilities through the creation of a new Unified Division and a new Free Unified Basketball Clinic. These events were built in consultation with educators in the Salem-Keizer School District, who are generously supporting the effort. The new initiatives also are possible because of sponsorship provided by Salem-area businesses Green Acres Landscape and iWingz. The support from Green Acres and iWingz will cover all participation entry fees for teams playing in the Unified Division at Hoopla and also will underwrite the costs associated with the free basketball clinic as well.
“We are thrilled about this step we are taking in making Hoopla more accessible,” said Hoopla Tournament Director Jason Unruh. “We work very hard to be sure we are as inclusive as possible to every population and group we can be. Yet, to truly be inclusive and welcoming to students with disabilities, we simply need to do more. So with the help of our friends in the Salem-Keizer School District, who have been instrumental in helping us design ways to improve our offerings, and then thanks also to the support of Green Acres and iWingz, this year we are taking big steps that way. The new division and the free clinic are both going to be wonderful additions to Hoopla, and we could not be more excited about growing Hoopla in this way.”
Unruh said that the Green Acres Landscape/iWingz Unified Division will be co-ed in nature and feature a mix of high school athletes with special needs and their partners. Hoopla has worked with local high schools to sign up a number of teams, and interest already has exceeded expectations, according to Unruh. He expects the Free Unified Basketball Clinic to be well attended as well. “Everything is taking shape,” remarked Unruh, “but none of it would have been possible without community support and involvement. We are really thankful to everyone who is helping make this possible.”
“We are excited to support Hoopla’s efforts to involve students with disabilities in what is a great community event,” said Rich Kansky, president of Green Acres Landscape. “One of our core values as a company is strengthening the community. Hoopla has done that for years by bringing people from all walks of life together for a fun weekend-plus of healthy activity and competition. Sponsoring the new Unified Division and the Free Unified Basketball Clinic is a special opportunity for us, because these new programs will help Hoopla better serve an important part of our community that too often gets left on the sideline. This is a winner for everybody.”
Green Acres has a history of investing in the community, often, for example, working with DSP Connections on special occasion events for families with individuals with disabilities at Christmas, Easter, and Halloween.
Paul Xin, the owner of iWingz, has strong ties to basketball in the area. A former prep player, Xin runs youth basketball programs and training through Team Icon locally in Salem, making the Hoopla partnership a natural one for iWingz.
The Free Unified Basketball Clinic presented by Green Acres Landscape & iWingz will be held on Hoopla’s Championship Court at Hoopla XXII on Thursday, August 5th at 9:30am. For more information about playing in the Green Acres Landscape/iWingz Unified Division or attending the Free Unified Basketball Clinic presented by Green Acres Landscape & iWingz, please contact Hoopla at 503-881-6066.
Believed to be the second largest tournament of its kind in the world, Hoopla XXII presented by Capitol Toyota and Dutch Bros. will feature roughly 1,000+ teams; 4,500 participants; 1,000 volunteers; and thousands of spectators. Held at one of the best imaginable venues – in the shadows of the Oregon State Capitol Building on Court, State and surrounding streets in downtown Salem – Hoopla and the non-profit Hoopla Association have generated more than $750,000 for local organizations and causes since it was founded in 1999.
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About Salem-Keizer School District
Salem-Keizer School District (24J) is a school district in Oregon that serves the cities of Salem and Keizer. It is the second-largest school district in the state with more than 40,000 students and nearly 4,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. Salem-Keizer Public Schools serve more than 172 square miles of Marion and Polk counties.
About Green Acres Landscape, Inc.
Since 1992 Green Acres has been trusted landscape partners for thousands of customers throughout Oregon. From two guys pushing lawnmowers to now over 100 team members, they continue to focus on the basics — great listening, solid communication, and exceptional results. Green Acres offers full landscape options—from custom outdoor installations to maintenance solutions—that are safe for kids, pets, and the planet.
Locally-owned, iWingz features wings, beer and build-your-own mac-‘n-cheese. They also offer mouthwatering sides to go with more than 30 wing flavors. iWingz has local brews, wines, and spirits along with fresh fruit lemonade to wash it all down.
About DSP Connections
DSP Connections (dspconnections.org), located in Stayton, Oregon, is committed to providing families with the support they may need to accomplish daily tasks. They take pride in being loving and compassionate, with a talented staff wanting to help those with disabilities.