Leederville’s Hoops & Jams giving youth an active outlet

Basketball and hip-hop kicked off Hoops & Jams last week.
Basketball and hip-hop kicked off Hoops & Jams last week.

LEEDERVILLE’S youth program Hoops & Jams started at the YMCA HQ last Wednesday.

“Hoops & Jams is a youth driven event series for young people by young people, and it promotes an active lifestyle by engagement in sport and creativity through music and dance,” YMCA HQ manager Andrew Riff said.

The basketball is played in a street game style with three players on each side so there are fewer fouls, more frequent light body contact and flowing games.

The launch featured hip-hop MCs, including Trooth and MelloDian, before aspiring young hip-hoppers also performed, and experts conducted workshops and performances of the street dance called Krump.

Hoops & Jams was created by members of the YMCA HQ’s Youth Leadership Group, and their weekly events will initially run for seven weeks, between 4pm and 8pm, Wednesdays at the YMCA, 60 Frame Court, Leederville.

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