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Youth United Hoops For Habitat Comes To Bridgeport

The Soto family stands on the steps of their new home with a group of Habitat volunteers who helped build the house.
The Soto family stands on the steps of their new home with a group of Habitat volunteers who helped build the house. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Close to 100 competitors are expected to compete in Youth United’s Seventh Annual Hoops for Habitat event from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the McGivney Community Center in Bridgeport.

Hoops for Habitat is a basketball competition fundraiser organized by Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County's Youth United members, which draws youth from throughout Fairfield County to compete against each other. The proceeds from the event will go directly into building Youth United’s fifth sponsored Habitat for Humanity home in Bridgeport.

Previous years’ fundraising has allowed the group to complete four Habitat CFC homes. Through Youth United’s efforts, four families have been given the opportunity to move into decent, affordable homes. Since inception, this unique Bridgeport event has drawn participating basketball professionals, such as Shameka Christon, WNBA player from the New York Liberty team, and Walt Luckett, All-American from Kolbe High School. The past two events included former NBA players, retired Wes Matthews, NBA championship player for the Los Angeles Lakers, and Chris Smith, all-time top scorer for UConn and former NBA player.

The event schedule is:

  • Brief welcome
  • 9-9:30 a.m. – Adult scrimmages
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. – Elementary school competition
  • 10:15-11 a.m. – Middle school Competition
  • 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Clinics conducted by special guests Smith, Matthews and Bernie Lofton, coach for Bassick High School boys' basketball team.
  • 12:15-1p.m. – High school scrimmages
  • 1-2p.m. – Competition
  • 2-3p.m. – Adult competition

The goal of Habitat CFC’s Youth United program is to target groups of young, enthusiastic volunteers to build homes, develop leadership skills, engage in positive service activities and experience the joy of helping others.

Habitat CFC builds communities and improves lives by eliminating substandard housing and creating homeownership possibilities for families of low-income. Since 1985, Habitat CFC broken ground on more than 200 homes.

The McGivney Community Center is at 338 Stillman St., Bridgeport.

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