Posted on May 28, 2022
Hundreds of inner-city kids at risk in East Vancouver will once again benefit from the estimated $50,000 raised for Grade 12 post-secondary scholarships and youth leadership development programs thanks to the 2022 Rotary Hoop-A-Thon on April 23rd.
Youth leadership development programs such as Boys Who RISE, Girls WHO LEAP and the Strathcona Basketball program provide youth the opportunity to learn about teamwork, leadership, community involvement and respect for others.  The Strathcona Rotary Youth Leadership Hoop-A-Thon is an annual basketball event that raises funds by donations and pledges based on the number of successful free throws a player can sink in one minute.
This year's event, at Strathcona Community Centre, brings the total Rotary Hoop-A-Thon proceeds to over $500,000 since it began in 2006. The Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise hosted the annual fundraiser, along with the Rotary Clubs of Vancouver, Vancouver Yaletown, Vancouver Arbutus, Vancouver Mountainview, Vancouver Fraserview, Vancouver Centennial, Burnaby and Mittel Mosel, Germany with support from the Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club, Regal Rotaract Club (Burnaby) and Centennial Interactors. The Media Sponsor was GLOBAL BC, with special thanks to news anchor Chris Gailus.
President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise, Ed Kwan, says: "After two years of virtual Hoop-A-Thons, it felt so good to have an in person event even though the participation was restricted. With eight Rotary clubs along with Rotaract clubs and Interact clubs from the lower mainland already involved, we hope to start making this a District-wide event – possibly a “Hoop-A-Thon” weekend that clubs across District 5040 can participate in to fundraise for their cause of choice."
video by Joel Law, Regal Rotaract Club

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