More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Pint-Size Hoop Dreams
My students need a basketball hoop and basketballs that are sized for little hands and bodies.
"March Madness" has turned into "April Aspirations". My little ones need a basketball hoop and balls to foster their dreams and just to have fun.
Aloha from na keiki o Hawai'i.
My preschool special education class provides early intervention services to qualifying special needs children. We are a very active and lively bunch. My class size ranges between 6-8 students, ages 3-4 years. My school is located in a predominantly rural, low-income neighborhood with a considerable portion of the children of Hawaiian and/or Pacific Island ancestry.
Playing on the "big kids" basketball court is fun, but frustrating, for my little ones. As much as they heave the big kids' basketballs in the air, they rarely get the ball even near the rim of the basket. Some children persist, some look up at the hoop and don't even try, for others the big ball is too heavy.
My students need a way to practice the hand-eye coordination, the judgment of distance and force--all those skills and more that it takes to successfully get the ball into basket. In addition, having this hoop and balls will provide more variety to our outdoor play time.
Shooting baskets takes practice, lots of it.
It fosters persistence and gross motor skills as well as confidence. Not to mention, it's engaging fun! My students will benefit from having a sturdy basketball hoop and balls that are designed for little people their size.
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