Hoop Service Basketball: Welcome

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Hoop Service

HOOP (Helping Out Other People) Service Basketball is a developmental program created for boys and girls in the Kansas City metropolitan area of Wyandotte, Johnson, and Jackson counties. HOOP Service was founded in 1997 by former Kansas Jayhawk Calvin Thompson, and has been an integral member of the community since its inception.


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 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.


Our goal is to live our Mission every day, during every practice, and at every game.  The long-term goals of HOOP Service include 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.


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. We also provide clinics for the De LaSalle Charter School in Kansas City’s urban core, which has lead to the creation of a program called, "A League Of Their Own".  A League of Their Own 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.




Coach Thompson was a four-year starter at KU under coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown. A highlight of Coach Thompson’s freshman year was a 30-point game on 15 of 20 shooting in the post-season tournament. As a sophomore, Coach Thompson led the Big-8 in free throw percentage at 92%, while setting the KU record for most consecutive free throws at 33 – a record that stood for 21 years. Coach Thompson was a 2nd-team All Big-8 selection in 1983 and 1984, and a leader of KU’s Big-8 tournament championship teams in 1984 and 1986.  Coach Thompson’s KU teams played in the NCAA tournament in 1984, 1985, and 1986. During his senior year, and as a member of KU’s 1986 Final Four team that included Danny Manning, Ron Kellogg, Cedric Hunter, and others, Coach Thompson was named to the NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament team. In addition to several other designations, Coach Thompson was named to the preseason Big Apple NIT All Tournament team in 1985 and an Honorable Mention selection for the 1986 All Big-8 team.


At the conclusion of his career at KU, Coach Thompson cemented his name in the KU All-Time record books finishing 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. Drafted by the New York Knicks of the NBA out of college, Coach Thompson played two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) after brief stints in NBA camps of the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and the San Antonio Spurs. 


During his 1st CBA season, where he averaged 21 ppg, and 5 rebounds per game, Coach Thompson was named the Runner-Up CBA Rookie Of The Year and was the first Rookie to be named to the CBA's All Star Game. 


In May of 1987 (CBA off-season) Coach Thompson played with the Formula Shell Spark Aiders of the Philippine Basketball Association posting playoff averages of 42 points and 8 rebounds per game. Coach Thompson continued his professional playing career abroad, playing two years in France and another five years in Israel before retiring to start HOOP Service.  Coach Thompson resides in Overland Park, KS.


Assisting Coach Thompson on the HOOP Service staff are Coach Darrin Hancock and Coach Bill Pope.


Coach Hancock was a Parade Magazine and McDonalds All-American at Griffin High School in Griffin, GA.  Coach Hancock began his college playing career at Garden City Community College, and in 1992 was named to the JUCO All-American Team and also named JUCO Player Of The Year.   Coach Hancock’s decision to play at University of Kansas prompted then KU coach Roy Williams to suggest that he would be, “one of the best athletes ever to put on a Kansas uniform.” Coach Hancock’s 1993 Jayhawks went 29-7 including a Regular Season Big-12 Championship and Final Four appearance.  Coach Hancock brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to HOOP Service. After leaving KU, Coach Hancock played professionally in France for a year before being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA. He went on to play five seasons for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, and the San Antonio Spurs. Coach Hancock resides in Olathe, Kansas.


Coach Pope began his basketball career at the University of Kansas, serving as the manager for theJayhawks basketball team and head coach Larry Brown for five seasons. Coach Pope’s 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.