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The Hoops 4 health program was an initiative of Timmy Duggan and evolved out of concern for the ill health of Indigenous Australians. Timmy was involved in basketball at a professional level and launched the program in 2002 at Wuchopperen Health Service in Cairns.
The Hoops 4 health program consists of three components:
The Hoops 4 health challenge was first held in 2006 and is a two day event that takes place in Darwin. It involves health promotion, health education messages, and concludes with a basketball game between the Hoops 4 Health All Stars and players from the Northern Territory. The challenge uses high profile basketballers and athletes to raise awareness among the people of Darwin about different health issues, such as how to manage and minimise the effects of hepatitis C, and also seeks to encourage healthy lifestyle choices.
The Hoops 4 health program is particularly focused on engaging Aboriginal adolescents however the program is not limited to this population group.
Abstract adapted from Hoops 4 Health Aboriginal Corporation
Hoops 4 Health Aboriginal Corporation
PO Box 254
Nightcliff NT 0814
Mobile: 0431 428 767