Four area colleges and their men’s and women’s hoop teams are joining up to host the 19th Annual “Hoops from the Heart” Basketball Youth Clinics on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Young players across the county will drive to the hoop to raise funds and food donations for the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), a social service agency that helps families and individuals to move toward self-sufficiency.

Called “Hoops from the Heart,” the MLK Day of Service initiative was started in 2002 at Haverford High School and has since raised over $130,000 for Community Action Agency programs that serve low-income residents in Delaware County.  Colleges hosting the clinics are Cabrini University in Radnor, Haverford College in Haverford (both from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.), Neuman University in Aston and Widener University in Chester (both from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.).

The men’s and women’s basketball teams and coaches will run the clinics.  The clinics, open to boys and girls in grades one through eight, will cover all aspects of fundamental play. Each player who preregisters will get a complimentary T-shirt.  Cost for the clinic ranges from $20 – $30, depending on which school is hosting the clinic.

All proceeds raised benefit CAADC programs, which include emergency housing, social services, employment training and life skills training. In addition to operating shelters for individuals and families, the CAADC also provides many vital services including welfare-to-work programs, and food and fuel assistance.

In addition, each athlete is asked to donate one or two non-perishable food item that will go to the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, one of CAADC’s emergency housing programs. The Life Center is located at 63rd and Market streets, Upper Darby, and houses 50 homeless individuals and serves over 150 residents each year.  The Life Center also operates a feeding program that serves 150 – 200 people daily.

For information about the 19th Annual “Hoops From the Heart” event, contact Sharon Grasty at CAADC at (610) 874-8451.

To register, online forms are available at each school’s website, or by calling:

  • Haverford College/Haverford Recreation Dept.: 610.446.9397 (Coach Bobbi Morgan)
  • Neumann University: 484.840.4711 (Athletic Director Chuck Sack)
  • Widener University: 610.499.4476 (Coach Alisa Kintner)
  • Cabrini College: 610.902.1016 (Coach Kate Pearson)