KAWAN WATTS Jr. - ALUMNI
2014 - 2016
IN 2014 KAWAN, REGISTERED WITH H.O.O.P. FOUNDATION, INC. BASKETBALL AND TUTORING PROGRAM. HE HOPED TO GAIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE WITH PLAYING BASKETBALL, AFTER NOT MAKING THE INGLEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL TEAM DUE TO BAND OBLIGATIONS.
H.O.O.P. HAWKS BASKETBALL PROVIDED KAWAN THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP PLAYING AND STILL BE IN THE BAND, HIS REAL PASSION.
2015 KAWAN TOOK A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM AS ONE OF THE SENIORS PARTICIPANTS. HE PROVIDED HOMEWORK HELP, TO THE YOUNGER PARTICIPANTS.
ADDITIONALLY, KAWAN MAINTAINED A 3.5 GPA AND WAS AWARDED A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF UNIVERSITY, FALL 2016
H.O.O.P. FOUNDATION, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTOR, FRIENDS OF H.O.O.P. AND THE COACHES WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE MR. KAWAN WATTS Jr.
MARSHON JONES - ALUMNI
2006 - 2010
My name is Marshon Jones. I participated with HOOP back in 06 all the way thru 2010. I heard about it from a few of my friends who told me they were forming a basketball team and they practiced at this church. I needed to stay in shape so I went. What I liked about HOOP was the faith based principals they had. They not only taught us the game of basketball but how to be men as well. They challenged us on and off the court. They weren't just basketball coaches, they were life coaches. They were big brothers, father figures, mentors , teachers, pastors and whatever else you needed them to be. They cared about us as individuals which made us work even harder on the court. HOOP helped me in so many ways that are too long to list. To shorten that list, I'll just say they saved my life. In a gang infested environment where it's easy to get caught up in the streets, HOOP gave me an outlet. Not just the game of basketball, but the coaches who were in charge. Here I am over 10 years removed from the program and I can still call coach Bryan and Tim for anything. They helped me out of situations when most people would've turned their back on me. Since leaving HOOP I've gotten married and moved to Chico California. I've been with my wife for almost 10 years and we've been married for 6. We have two beautiful children named Marshon Jr. and Amelia. I have my own basketball training business where my motto is "Without Faith and Diligence, you won't Accomplish your Goals". I also coach Jr High, high school and AAU basketball. I am giving the same principals to kids that they gave me. It's had truly been a blessing and an experience of a lifetime and I'm truly thankful for it.
JOSHUA THOMAS - ALUMNI 2010 - 2018
Letter from Proud Parent:
Dear HOOP Foundation thank you for taking the time out to not only teach our child how to play basketball, but you also taught him how to be respectful, grateful, loving, caring, how to appreciate working hard for his goals in school, church, and home. He knows realizes how to understand his problems work it out without being mad. You guys are an excellent foundation for the youth. As Joshua went through some difficult challenges being a teenager you guys helped us get him though. The Hoop foundation is a great role model. Joshua is an excellent young man he's been with the Hoop foundation from day one. Thanks for helping him to get back on track when he got behind in school thanks for those encouraging words. I am just so pleased as a mother with the Hoop foundation and I will recommend them to anybody that has a child, not only to play basketball they will grow into a great young person. Joshua Thomas and parents Lloyd Thomas Cathy Thomas like to thank the staff at Hoop foundation thank you guys so much
Sincerely, Kathy Thomas - Joshua's Mom
ISAIAH MITCHELL - ALUMNI
2012 - 2018
Down under sports is pleased to announce based on your overall performance you have been invited to represent California at the 30th Annual Down Under Sports Tournaments hosted on the Gold Coast of Australia. We proudly present this Certificate of Recognition, February 2, 2018
Since 2012, Isaiah and Brother James Mitchell participated in our program. After James graduated and transitioned to Jr. College, Isaiah decided to step up his game and out of his isolated shell. "Isaiah had challenges with a lack of male role model in the home, so we increased participation in H.O.O.P. after-school tutoring, and basketball club team". Mother Beatrice, 2018.
LUCIAN, MEKHI, JACOB - MEMBERS
January 28, 2019
To Whom it May Concern:
I am writing this letter to thank HOOP and their sponsors for the assistance with my three son's basketball registration fees.
I am a single mom, recently divorced, receiving no child support from their dad. My three sons love basketball and their basketball coach. I would hate for them to not be able to play a sport due to my financial hardship. Coach Jones has allowed my children to play on the team without collecting a registration fee because he sees that their heart is in the game.
I have asked their dad to pay for or at least assist with their registration fee, but he is not willing to help as he says he is on a strict budget. All of my sons attend I.C.E.F. Charter School and they love to play basketball.
I greatly appreciate the assistance for my sons Lucian 12 years old, Mekhi 10 years old, and Jacob 8 years old.
We truly appreciate the assistance and thank you in advance.
Mom Marcia Harris
JAYDEN BRONSON - MEMBER 2017
February 5, 2019
1201 N La Brea Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90302
Dear HOOP Foundation Staff,
I would greatly appreciate the HOOP Foundation assisting me with the registration fees for my son Jayden Bronson. While I am a hard-working single mother, I can admit we can all use help at times. This isn’t Jayden’s first time being apart of this organization, which is why I would love for him to be a member again. It has helped him develop a higher level of basketball skills, he made great friendships and I would love to continue this basketball journey to elevate him to the next level. Most of all Bryan, the HOOP staff and coaches always made us feel like family and we look forward to rejoining the family.
Thank you for your time and consideration