Hoops Aid 2015 Brings in Record Numbers

Hoops Aid 2015

The second ever Hoops Aid event has drawn in record numbers, after 14,700 basketball fans from across the UK came to celebrate the charitable occasion.

Hoops Aid was originally conceived back in 2013, but after a year’s break, it came back with a vengeance at the O2 Arena – with links to the BBL Playoff Final between the London Lions and Newcastle Eagles.

The event played host to a number of celebrities from the UK and abroad, with Dereck Chisora, Steve-O and Chico Slimani some of the names making their way onto the court.

The celebs were joined by a host of athletic talent as well, with former NBA player Shawn Jamison joined by AFC Wimbledon player Adebayo Akinfenwa and Paralympian Richard Whitehead.

The event was originally planned by Lance Haggith, in partnership with Sports Traider, to help disadvantaged youngsters through sport and it’s proved a massive success.

The event’s done so well, Hoops Aid is even considering heading abroad to the home of basketball – the USA.


UK boxer Dereck Chisora was one of the bigger names at Hoops Aid

The event was preceded by a similarly styled wheelchair basketball game, featuring some of the UK’s best players – further showcasing the event’s aim to help promote basketball in all of its disciplines.

Finally, the event was capped off by the BBL Playoff Final between the London Lions and Newcastle Eagles, with the Eagles coming away with the victory that confirmed their quadruple success this season.

With Hoops Aid proving such a success, it’s sure to come around once again next year, with an announcement to be made later on this year.

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Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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