4 Things to Expect from E-Hoops

Create inclusion – with simple mindfulness that others might have a different reality from your own.
Patti Digh, Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally

 

Caring Coaches

Sunday afternoon around 1:10 pm coaches for the E-Hoops program hosted at the University of San Francisco Men’s Basketball Gym are preparing for their 1:30 pm session.   Basketballs line the floor, small hoops are brought out for the youngest group and their area is sectioned off.  Coaches are shooting around, laughing, talking and preparing for an hour of fun, inclusion driven basketball.

 

Satisfied Kids

In the lobby, parents and kids are filling the area in anticipation of the 1:30pm start time.  Parents are signing in and waiting for the coaches to come take their kids to their groups.  There is a buzz in the air – called hope.

Twice a year, children, both special and typical, aged 4 through 6th grade get the opportunity to practice basketball skills in an inclusive environment with coaches who care.  As they practice basketball skills, they are conversing with each other, learning to make new connections and revisiting old ones.  The kids with special needs are comfortable, free to walk around and interact with their typical peers without the fear of rejection.  There are laughter and smiles all around as the kids all play together. See E-hoops calendar here .

 

Refreshed Parents

While the children enjoy their time on the court, parents are able to sit in the stands above them and get the refreshment they need of just knowing they are not alone and they are welcome at E-hoops with open arms.

 

Changed Lives

This is what I love about E-sports, whether it’s E-Hoops or E-Soccer.  I love the joy that I see on kids faces when they get to play together despite their differences and the fear turned to relief and joy that I see & hear in their parents faces and voices when the session ends.  Their joy makes every moment worth it.  Whether you are a parent, a coach, or a kid, E-Hoops is a great place to be.

 

Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.
Jesse Jackson