About Pat Burke

Pat Burke NBAPatrick "Pat" John Burke is a former Professional basketball player. Born December 14, 1973, in Dublin, Ireland. First Irish-born player ever to play in the NBA. Attended Mariner High School in Cape Coral, Fla. Graduate of Auburn University 1997 Degree in Communications.

Pat Burke went undrafted out of Auburn University in 1997 and won six championships during his nine years playing professionally in Europe. His first stint in Europe included playing for TAU Cerámica (1997-98 Spain), Panathinaikos (1998-2001 Greece) and Maroussi BC (2001-02 Greece) before being signed to a contract with the Orlando Magic for the 2002-03 season. Pat spent another two seasons in Europe for CB Gran Canaria (2003-04) and Real Madrid (2004-05) before returning to play in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns for two seasons from 2005-07. In 2007, he then returned to Europe for stints with Khimki BC (2007-08 Russia) and Asseco Prokom Sopot (2008-09 Poland). During his professional career, Burke was also co-captain of the Ireland National basketball team.

After his professional career finished, Pat volunteered in a number of different organizations involving youth and development. He was approached by a friend with an opportunity to train two young men in the game of basketball. The initial session was started in Pat’s backyard. Pat was immediately in awe of working with youth and the ability to assist in helping youth achieve goals. His high school Coach, Marty Waters, had done just that in his life, and Pat recognized the reactions youth displayed when they were building confidence and sharing their dreams. It wasn’t long into this introduction to coaching, Pat and his wife Peyton made the decision to start HOOPS.

The early start of this organization focused mainly on physical performance and skilled training emphasis. The first year of HOOPS was an introduction for Pat himself on how coaching was more than a simple basketball and training sessions. It was about supporting and assisting youth in a number of areas of life.

A young teenage boy joined HOOPS with a similar start to Pat’s early basketball introduction. No organized experience, no real skill, and no confidence. Pat identified this young man as a reflection of himself at 16 years of age, having started late after a growth spurt. It wasn’t long until the pressure and stress of life had the young man collapse in one of his HOOPS training sessions. That moment threaded the gap in Pat’s reality on what youth are going through, and how far removed he was from his own start and a coach who changed his path. This was the beginning of HOOPS Life.

Today, HOOPS Life is a non-profit organization that provides youth an opportunity to gain valuable experience in character building, leadership skills, and self-awareness that extend off the court. The HOOPS Life TEAM is made up of men and women who are committed to each individual child and their success.
The HOOPS Life TEAM has continued to assist youth identify obstacles in their lives and achieve goals. In 2016, HOOPS Life Cares 501(c)3 was established to serve children who were unable to afford enrollment into the programs. Together with community leaders, business owners, schools, and other organizations HOOPS Life is making a direct impact in children’s lives and how we focus on youth development in Lake county.

“My vision is that local children have an opportunity to gain the assistance and support needed to unlock their unlimited potential in life, while having a positive impact on their future, and in their community.”

Pat Burke


Awards and Honors


Panathinaikos BC

Euroleague Champion 2000

Greek League Champion 1999, 2000, 2001


Real Madrid

Spanish League Champion 2005

ULEB Cup (Runner-Up) 2004


Khimki BC

Russian Cup 2008


Asseco Prokom

Polish League Champion 2009











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"HOOPS is amazing!! The coaches are amazing!! There is no where else I would want to be!! Both Pat and Fenny have taught me so much not only in basketball but in life!! It wasn't always easy but it definitely made me a better player and person!! I Love them both so much!! They have done above and beyond for me and everyone who comes into their gym!! If you want to become a better player and person HOOPS is where you need to be!!"





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