History of Hoops 4 Health

Hoops 4 Health Aboriginal Corporation (H4H) evolved from the identified needs and issues pertaining to the dire health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. H4H began as a health education program that was initiated by current H4H Director, Timmy Duggan.

The H4H Program commenced in 2002 and the inaugural sessions were conducted in Tennant Creek through a grant from the Anyinginyi Congress Sport and Recreation Department.

2006 saw the implementation of the H4H Challenge concept delivered. 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 - 3 time World Boxing Champion and official patron of H4H since 2006.

2007 H4H was incorporated under the Registrar for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations Act 2006 – classified as a health promotion charity and obtained deductible gift recipient status.

Highlights of H4H Aboriginal Corporation include:

  • Over 10 000 youth have participated in the program
  •  H4H was recognised in the Bulletin Magazine’s “Smart 100 in the Health and Science Category”
  • Implementation of 6 H4H Challenge Events (4 in Darwin, 2 in Alice Springs)
  • Development of “Hooper” – the official mascot of H4H
  • H4H Women’s Team won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Basketball Association (NATSIBA) Championships in Melbourne 2010
  • Development of the H4H Strategic Plan 2011 - 2015