Kids Helping Kids Level the Playing Field
Alley-Oop Kids is where kids help kids level the playing field.
We enable underserved kids to access positive sports experiences and gear to instill a sense of community, foster a healthy lifestyle, and teach valuable life skills.
"I'm lucky enough to play on a great club basketball team and lucky enough to get all of the gear I need to play. Basketball is fun. It's something I look forward to every single day and has given me a chance to make some awesome friends. I think all kids should get a shot at having a great basketball experience. I hope to help out in some way."
- Shay, at age 11, founder of Alley-Oop Kids
NBA & AIF
In 2019, in partnership with AIF (American Indian Foundation) and the NBA, Alley-Oop Kids helped provide basketball training for 500+ undeserved kids in 5 government schools in Mumbai, India. We share the NBA's vision to expose Indians to the game of basketball to promote a healthy, active lifestyle and learn valuable life skills.
ALLEY-OOP KIDS AND SPORTSHOUSE PRESENTS
3 - POINT SHOOTOUT
Alley-Oop Kids, in partnership with SportsHouse, threw a wildly fun and successful 3-point shootout fundraiser. With over 50 contestants total in the youth and adult categories, we raised over $3500 to put towards future projects. A special thanks to SportsHouse for donating the courts and huge thanks to the 25+ volunteers that made this happen. Check out some video and picture highlights.
PROJECT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB:
NEW BASKETBALL GEAR WORTH $6000 DONATED
For our very first project, Alley-Oop Kids partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, East Palo Alto Chapter, to provide kid-thought-out athletic gear packs to approximately 60 kids between the ages of 8 and 15 for their 2014-2015 after school basketball program. We successfully raised nearly $6,000 through the generosity of corporate donors and crowdfunding! With that money, we were able to put together 60 gear packs, complete with all new basketballs, shoes, socks, jerseys/shorts, water bottles and bags. We donated the gear personally to the kids at a great event on October 24, 2014 at the Boys & Girls Club of East Palo Alto. Check out the videos below to see the events.
We are thrilled that the first project went so well and that we were able to meet our goal to provide gear for all of the kids in the program. A huge thanks to all who donated and volunteered their time - this project would not have been possible without you.
Sports Basement, Sunnyvale
Menlo Park Inn, Menlo Park
Alura Inn, San Jose
Rishan, Sajni, Sohan, Saahil, Armaan, Jaymin, Shailen, Connor, Isaiah, Evan, Amar, Aidhan, Akshaan, Ryan
GEAR PACKING GATHER
100 SPORTS TICKETS FOR FOSTER KIDS
For our second project, we partnered with CASA of San Mateo (www.casaofsanmateo.org) to provide 50 pairs of professional and college sporting event tickets for the foster children in CASA's program. CASA pairs local foster children with a mentor who is a consistant and caring adult influence in the foster child's life. Here are some touching stories of the work CASA does to help local foster children: http://www.casaofsanmateo.org/casa-story/what-we-do
Alley-Oop Kids provided these children with a fun, exciting and inspiring sports experience with their mentors. None of the kids in the program have been to a professional or college sports event and we think they deserved to! We raised funds through an Apple Watch Raffle and direct donations of tickets from Stanford University and individual tickets holders.
Rishan, Sajni, Sohan, Jaymin, Shailen, Connor, Isaiah, Amar, Aidhan, Akshaan, Kaiyan
Here's a letter of thanks from CASA:
March 23, 2016
Dear Alley-Oop Kids,
On behalf of all the staff and volunteers of CASA of San Mateo County, I would like to thank you for your extreme generosity and hard work to provide various tickets to sporting events to the children that we serve. Many, if not all, of the children and youth that we work with have never attended a sporting event in their life, and the tickets that you were able to fundraise for them helped them experience their first game ever. Because the children that we serve have very difficult life situations, not only did Alley-Oop Kids make it possible for them to experience their first sporting event, but also provide them with a moment of happiness and excitement where they forgot of all their problems for a couple of hours.
All of our CASA volunteers were very thankful for the opportunity to do something so special with the child that they are working with. The children and youth that were able to attend a sporting event now have a wonderful memory with their CASA volunteer that they will never forget. Here are a couple of notes that we got back from our volunteers:
"We got to go to a Giants game (thanks Alley-Oop Kids). This was her first game and she had a blast! It was perfect also, since I couldn’t spend that much time with her this month that it was something special."
"I picked up Kayla and took her to the Earthquake game at the Avaya Stadium. She enjoyed being at the stadium for the first time and watch a soccer game for the first time. There were nice fireworks after the game that she really enjoyed."
"Please pass on our thanks to Alley-Oop Kids for their donation of these tickets. Mike and I both enjoyed attending the game."
It gives us great hope that there are children like you that work so hard to help other children. We are truly honored that you decided to help our organization. Again, thank you so much for providing this wonderful opportunity to the children that we work with. We hope that you keep on helping other children in need and making a difference in their lives.
Training and Volunteer Coordinator
DONATED SPORTS EQUIPMENT TO KIDS IN INDIA
Project Manav Sadhna was our first international project. It was especially meaningful since my Dad's family is originally from the state of Gujarat, India, where Manav Sadhna is located. They are an amazing organization who's mission is simply to serve the underprivileged. When we learned that they were in dire need of sports equipment we couldn't wait to help! Due to the largely rough terrain their sports equipment gives out quickly.
We offered to help out and received a well thought out, long list of equipment they needed ranging from soccer balls and goals to badminton rackets. With the extreme generosity of Wasan Sports in India, we were able to fulfill their entire needs and wants! The pictures of them using the equipment made our day. Our hope is that we can continue to help them by helping them build their new sports complex. Stay tuned!
PROJECT CAMP ALLEY-OOP:
FREE BASKETBALL CAMP FOR 60 RAVENSWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT KIDS
Our most interactive project to date, Alley-Oop kids ran a free basketball camp for nearly 60 sixth graders in the Ravenswood School District. Over the course of the week (Juy 12017), Alley-Oop Kids had 8 AAU basketball kid coaches running drills, scrimmages and fun contests for the sixth graders. Daily motivational guest speakers, including coaches from Team Esface and from the Santa Cruz Warriors, rounded out the camp and offered the sixth graders advice on how to set goals and achieve them. Every single child participated and had a blast! One of the kids mentioned on the last day of camp, "Thank you for not giving up on us and for teaching us basketball." That says it all.
FEED 25 KIDS FOR A YEAR
ALLEY-OOP KIDS JR'S FIRST PROJECT!
Did you know that over 60% kids in the Ravenswood School District right near us in East Palo Alto are classified as homeless? Most of them receive free breakfast and lunch through their school but don't have healthy, plentiful meals on evenings and weekends. That is not okay. There is no reason they should be hungry when we can help.
We partnered with EHP Cares of East Palo Alto to provide healthy weekend and evening meals for 30 kids for an entire YEAR! By selling homemade goodies (including www.lovecookies.org) we raised $3600 to donate to this cause and even got to meet many of the kids EHP serves by volunteering at their toy drive the day we donated.
A special thanks to the Jrs who led this project and those that volunteered:
Rishan, Aidhan, Sohan, Sajni, Jake, Shay, & Akshaan
PROJECT DRIBBLE ACADEMY
Alley-Oop Kids is so inspired by Dribble Academy based out of New Delhi, India. One of a kind, the program uses basketball as a medium to develop, extend and stretch the minds of 400+ underprivileged kids and gives them hope & skills for a brighter future.
We donated brand new custom jerseys & shorts for the entire squad. We also donated hotel accommodations while their founder, Pradyut Voleti, was sharing his story with famed Stanford Women's Basketball coach, Tara VanDerveer.