So there’s this big tournament about to start called March Madness…some of you may have heard of it. I gather it’s a rather big deal to college basketball fans. Me? Not so much. You? I don’t know. But this article isn’t about sports it’s about making a difference in the lives of young people who happen to love basketball.
I’m talking about Crossroads Hoopsters. Glen Heiner has been opening the gym to the neighbor kids for over 20 years and Hoopsters was officially formed about 6 years ago. This ministry serves men averaging 16-25 years of age and their friends/families that come with them.
The goal is to provide a safe, Christ-centered environment to play basketball and build relationships. The gospel is presented both in word and in actions. Hoopsters also provides mentoring, life skills, and leadership training. This includes GED test preparation, help with preparing job applications and resumes, and access to computers for online job applications.
There are so many ways you can help make a difference through this ministry, and you don’t even have to like basketball. If you’re friendly, like snacks, want to encourage youth, or know how to use a computer – there’s a place for you. Check out the list below for ways you can serve this young generation in our community.
- Run the sign up list as they check in.
- Buy or make a snack monthly, quarterly, or whenever it works. You can drop it off at church Sunday morning or bring it to the gym that evening.
- Visit with the girlfriends/wives and kids and just be friendly while watching the guys play.
- Share a short devotional or prayer with the players and guests.
- Help schedule speakers or connect Glen to relevant guest speakers.
- Help with vocational mentoring and developing their computer skills.
- Love basketball? Come interact with the players.
- Consider adding this ministry to your regular prayer list. Let Glen know you are praying for the leaders, the participants and all others touched through this ministry. One of the most encouraging things you can do for leaders is to pray for them and let them know that.
If you have questions about this ministry or want to learn more about ways you can help out, contact Glen Heiner or Lois Flores.
If you are curious, stop by for a little while some Sunday night - 5:30 to 8:30 in the gym.
Glen Heiner, Ministry Contact
Lois Flores, Volunteer Coordinator