About JamQuest Hoops

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Our Story:

JamQuest Hoops was started in 2007 as a three-on-three basketball tournament service project to help kids in poverty and deprivation in Kenya, Africa. Founded by Nick Shoff, then an eighth grader at East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield Connecticut, JQH has become a high-impact, eagerly anticipated annual event! Through 2014 over $54,000 has been raised. These funds have gone towards helping orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya (partnering with HOPE worldwide) to help give them basic necessities such as food, clothing, and medicine; but our main focus has been providing these children with educational opportunities to help make their own dreams a reality. Over the past six years we have worked hard to build awareness among kids by speaking to over 8,000 middle and high school students (with the help of Dr. Mark Ottenweller, Director of Development in Africa of HOPE worldwide) as well as being interviewed on television. Over 1,200 participants have been involved in this fun and exciting annual basketball tournament. In the summer of 2013, JamQuest Hoops was honored as the first ever Hero of Hope for Kenya award that was presented at a HOPE worldwide conference. Our main goals are to raise crucial funds for those around the world that are in desperate need, to inspire today’s youth to use their talents, abilities, and passions to create positive change not only in their communities but around the world, and to train a new generation of leaders that inspire others through a strong drive and motivation to serve! Check out our video…

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