Austin Gutwein
Austin Gutwein started Hoops of Hope in 2003
Can you shoot free throws with your eyes closed? Well even if you can’t but would love to make a difference in the lives of children, make sure you clear July 31st off your calendar. The Hoops of Hope All-Stars event is taking place at the King of Prussia Mall and has the noble goal of raising $200,000 for AIDS orphans in Africa. The event intends of bringing 1,200 shooters to throw 600,000 free throws in the largest event of its kind. The shoot-a-thon works just like a walk-a-thon, but way more fun.

Hoops of Hope was started by one child, Austin Gutwein, in 2003 when he saw a video about African orphan produced by World Vision. He was inspired to get sponsors for the very first shoot-a-thon, when he was just in fourth grade. He ended up throwing over 2,000 free throws to raise money for African children. Since that day, Hoops of Hope has raised $1.8 million for clean water, a school, and a medical clinic in Zambia.

Hoops of Hope All-Stars at the King of Prussia Mall
Hoops of Hope All-Stars will raise money for AIDS orphans in Africa

This event goes much further than free throws. There will be a celebrity shoot out, as well as 75 basketball courts for free throws. Need help with your shots? The festival will also have free throw clinics for those not blessed with the natural knack to make the ball meet the net. For the families involved, there will be a kid’s zone that features inflatable games and music all day long. To top it all off, there will be a live evening concert, called All-Stars Concert for the Cause. The concert features Dave Barnes, Francesca Battistelli, and The Afters.

Registration for this awesome event is $29.95. For this, you get a t-shirt, a goodie bag, and tickets to the concert at night. The free throws begin at 10 AM and the festival continues until 10 PM. Click here to register. If you cannot attend but would like to help out, you can also donate to the cause on the website.

To learn more about Hoops of Hope and their work in Africa, check out their website.

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