HOOPS Basketball Scholarships
“Our mission is to impact community youth through a life skills based educational program. Utilizing basketball as the vehicle to support youth with life challenges and leadership opportunities both on and off the court.”
The HOOPS Life Cares, Inc. Nonprofit was established to benefit Lake
County’s youth through a life skills and leadership based
educational curriculum called HOOPS Life. HOOPS Life is a 12
week program that introduces children to leadership and life
skills intended to develop, transform and provide
applications to improve their lives on and off the court.
Our approach allows players to face personal challenges and
achieving new reference points of success for their future.
The program’s core foundation is designed to support and
assist youth by providing a safe place for individuals to
achieve self-awareness and overcome obstacles in their
Prior to the HOOPS Life Cares, Inc 501(c)3 nonprofit we operated under the Mt. Dora Community Trust HOOPS Scholarship Fund. The Mt Dora Community Trust HOOPS Scholarship Fund was Established in 2011 by former NBA Player European Champion Pat Burke and his wife Peyton Burke. To date since January 2012: 479 scholarships have been given. Our Fundraising is grass roots. Money is donated through Golf Tournaments and our Annual Gala where 170 business and community leaders are in attendance. We receive support through individuals, local businesses, and local grants. Our recent grants include contributions from The Harper Family Foundation, Charles B and Mary M. McLin Foundation, the Mount Dora Community Trust, Adventist Health System (Waterman), Hans and Cay Jacobsen Foundation, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and Wells Fargo Advisors.
It takes a small act of kindness to have a positive impact in a child’s life forever. Together with your generosity we can make a difference!
All donations towards the HOOPS Life Cares, Inc will receive a tax donation letter for tax purposes.
For assistance contact Peyton Burke at 352-253-4667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hall of Fame Members 2017
"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!!"