Hoops 4 Health Aboriginal Corporation (H4H) aims to provide health education and referrals to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males while keep their minds and bodies active through the vehicle of basketball.
It also allows young males to identify and connect to an inspirational leader in their community that is providing a positive message about health and wellness.
Timmy Duggan founded Hoops4Health in 2002 and the early sessions were conducted in Tennant Creek through a grant from the Anyinginyi Congress Sport and Recreation Department.
Since then a number of prominent Indigenous identities have all supported H4H as facilitators of the Challenges including Rohanee Cox – the only Indigenous female basketballer to represent Australia; Nathan Jawai – the first Indigenous person to play in the National Basketball Association; and Anthony Mundine - three time World Boxing Champion and official patron of H4H since 2006.
Timmy was the first person from the Northern Territory to play in the National Basketball League, in 1996 with the now defunct Gold Coast Rollers, and from 1999-2001 with the Cairns Taipans.
He was born in Darwin and developed an interest in finding ways to improve the health of ATSI youth back in 1995, working with inner city youth in Redfern, Sydney, and to far reaching communities in the NT, developing and improving the original concept of Hoops 4 Health.
"Hoops 4 Health is in no way about me, but it encompasses youth, communities and families and a sense of belonging to a program that can have a positive impact on young people for many years,” says Tommy, pictured.
The program is delivered all over regional, remote communities and the CBD. It is also delivered in Don Dale prison where Timmy delivers health messages to young men through basketball and education.
Hoops 4 Health is nominated in the NT Men's Health Awards.
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