Basketball players across the county will drive to the hoop on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to raise funds and food donations for the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc., the county’s anti-poverty 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 early 2001 and has since raised over $100,000 for Community Action Agency (CAADC) programs that serve low-income residents in Delaware County.

Four basketball clinics will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Jan. 21st, at Cabrini College in Radnor, Haverford College in Haverford, Neumann University in Aston, and Widener University in Chester.

The clinics, open to boys and girls in grades one through eight, will cover all aspects of fundamental play. Each player will get a complimentary T-shirt.  Cost for the clinic ranges from $20 – $30, depending on which school is hosting the clinic. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, which provides services to needy families in our own communities.

The athletic staff at each school will conduct the clinics.  Bobbi Morgan, the women’s basketball coach at Haverford College, was one of the people who created the Hoops from the Heart program.

All proceeds raised benefit CAADC programs, which include emergency housing, social services, employment training and life skills training. In addition to operating shelters and daycare facilities 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 a 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 200 – 250 people daily.

For information about the 18th Annual “Hoops From the Heart” event, contact Gail King 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)