Hoop Service Basketball: Welcome

Helping Out Other People......

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Hoop Service

 

HOOP (Helping Out Other People) Service Basketball, a developmental program was created for boys and girls in the Kansas City metropolitan area of Wyandotte, Johnson, and Jackson counties, has partnered up with The DeLASalle Charter School, a 501 (c) (3) entity. HOOP Service was founded in 1997 by former Kansas Jayhawk Calvin Thompson, and has been an integral member of the community since its inception.


 



Mission

 

Our mission is to engage youth in meaningful activities that teach life skills necessary for successfully completing tasks and reaching their maximum potential both on and off the court. The program works to enhance each youth's ability to problem solve and work effectively with others through athletics. HOOP Service's instruction fosters enhanced assertiveness, communication skills, confidence, discipline, and teamwork among all its participants.

 



Participation

Participation in HOOP Service is not based upon one's ability to pay or play, but rather on one's commitment to improvement. This commitment spans several levels, including the participants commitment to: self-discipline, hard work, respect for others, teamwork, and helping others achieve their potential. These levels of commitment require participants to look outside themselves and to reach out to others who have less,  whether that be less money, less skill, or less confidence.

 

These levels of commitment, along with the developmental enrichment offered through the program, result in a better, more well rounded life both on and off the court for our participants. Both the participant and our parents must understand and embrace these levels of commitment in order to maximize the benefits of their participation in and effectiveness of HOOP Service.



Goal

Our goal is to live our Mission every day, during every practice, and at every game. The long-term goals of HOOP Service includes the ability to provide after school care for at risk youth in our community, as well as weekend and summer school opportunities. In addition to our core basketball programs, HOOP Service envisions adding additional sports and activities. These additional programs will allow HOOP Service to reach a wider cross-section of youth in our community, create opportunities to host a unique variety of events, and expand our community impact through enhanced operational and managerial funding.



Operation

 

HOOP Service operates on a year round basis with teams playing in leagues and tournaments. Additionally, HOOP Service hosts and operates various skill specific camps throughout the year. Clinics and After School Care for the De LaSalle Charter School in Kansas City*s urban core, will be available during the 2014-15 school year. Our presence in the school creates a positive atmosphere for youth that have no access to the extra-curricular activities commonly enjoyed by youth in other parts of our community. HOOP Service intentionally presses into our community, providing public speaking for schools, teams and other business organizations. We also partner with established charitable organizations collecting and donating auction items for cancer, diabetes and other worthy causes.

 

 



Coaches

Coach Calvin Thompson was a four year starter under coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown. As a freshman, he scored 30 points on a 15 for 20 shooting night in the post season tournament. As a sophomore, he led the Big-8 in free throw percentage by shooting 92%. He set KU's record for the most consecutive free throws with 33 in a row which stood for 21 years. He was 2nd team All Big-8 in 1983 and 1984, and a member of the Big-8 tournament champions in 1984 and 1986. His teams played in the NCAA tournament in 1984, 1985, and 1986. During his senior year, he advanced to the Final Four with teammates Danny Manning, Ron Kellogg, Cedric Hunter, and others. Named to the NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament team in 1986. Named to the preseason Big Apple NIT All Tournament team in 1985. Honorable Mention All Big-8 in 1986.

 

Finished career tied for 1st for games started and games played in a season, 3rd in minutes played, 4th in scoring, 5th in assists, 7th in steals, 13th in blocks, and 19th in rebounds in Kansas Jayhawk history. Drafted by the New York Knicks of the NBA and then played two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) after brief stints in camp with the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and the San Antonio Spurs. 

During his 1st CBA season where he averaged 21 ppg, and 5 rebounds per game, he was named CBA Rookie Runner-Up Of The Year and he was the first Rookie to be named to the CBA's All Star Game. In May of 1987 (CBA off-season) Participated with Formula Shell in the Philippines. He averaged 42 points and 8 rebounds per game. He then ventured to France where he played professionally for two years and another five years in Israel before retiring to start up his Hoop Service basketball program. 

 

 

Coach Bill Pope - began his basketball career at the University of Kansas, serving as the manager for the Jayhawks basketball team and head coach Larry Brown for five seasons. His time at Kansas included five NCAA Tournament berths, a Final Four appearance in 1986 and a National Championship in 1988. Coach Pope has spent 15 seasons as a college coach. During the 2003-04 season he was an assistant coach at Youngstown State after serving six years as head basketball coach at NCAA Division II Lincoln University in Missouri. He was responsible for a dramatic turnaround at Lincoln as the school*s head coach. His 2000-01 squad shared the Heartland Conference Championship and Coach Pope was named Heartland Conference Coach of the Year. Additionally, the program was named NCAA Division II*s Most Improved Team by virtue of winning 20 games following a two-win season as an independent. Coach Pope served eight seasons as assistant coach/advance scout with the NBA*s Detroit Pistons. Coach Pope is currently an advanced scout for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.


Coach Liz Smith - a former member of the Hoop Service program, finished her college career in 2013 at The University of Missouri. She has been a winner every where she has played. Her college days began at Johnson County Community College where she earned State Farm All-American status and led her team to a 5th place finish in Nationals. She will help with both the mens and womens teams as well as marketing and fundraising for the program.


Coach Delbert Rhynes - born and reared in KCK and graduated from  Sumner Academy with honors.  He is currently one of top officials in the Metro area.


Coach Kyle Moore -  played collegiate football at the University of Kansas and professionally for the Albany/Indiana Firebirds and the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League. He then served as the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Power. He was also the head coach of the Cedar Rapids Titans of the Indoor Football League. After the original Arena Football League suspended operations following the 2008 season, Kyle became the assistant head coach of the La Crosse Spartans, an Indoor Football League team that began play in 2010. In 2011, he became the head coach of the La Crosse Spartans when his brother Gilbert Brown stepped away from the team for personal reasons. He then returned to the AFL in 2013 when he was named the offensive and defensive line coach for the Iowa Barnstormers. In 2014, Moore-Brown accepted the offensive line coach position with the Pittsburgh Power.