play / 2015

Hoops Center for the Youth

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Pass Tha Ball

By keeping the youth focused and occupied on sports, mainly basketball and education, will lead to less crime, less obesity, less high school drop outs, and pregnancy rates. With Dream Big Hoops Center the youth can come get homework done first, then begin basketball training. We want our youth to get better and improve so that they can further their career and education by obtaining a college athletic scholarship.

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • San Fernando Valley
  • County of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Expand a pilot or a program

How will your proposal improve the following “Play” metrics?

  • Access to open space and park facilities
  • Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs
  • Per capita crime rates
  • Percentage of residents that feel safe in their neighborhoods

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to play.

We want to build a Dream Big Hoops Center that’s a positive environment of learning, teaching discipline, sound fundamentals, and techniques that will help the youth reach their athletic and academic goals. Basketball is a sport to keep children healthy and entertained at the same time. Instead of renting facilities out in different areas we want to create a space for the youth of all ages to come and enjoy a facility that caters to the LA Area. It will be a safe haven for children to come play basketball, receive proper training, gain knowledge on nutrition, and meet new people. It will be a facility that will give everyone in the community a chance to be involved. The facility will have two indoor basketball courts, strength and conditioning section, and homework area.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

We will evaluate our work by the number of participants we have each day. See and monitor who is improving, who is not, see who’s returning and who is not, always ask for feedback from parents/youth on how we can keep improving or what we need to change or fix. Long term, we can track and see who furthers their education and see who obtains a college athletic scholarship.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research