UTICA, NY – The 17th annual Hoops & Dreams tournament got underway at the Parkway Recreation Center Saturday.
Approximately 80 young men are participating, hoping to make their lives better.
Patrick Johnson, the founder of the Hoops & Dreams program, says this is about more than just basketball.
It’s about opportunity.
“On the face of it, a lot of people think it’s just about basketball. It’s about so much more. Hoops & Dreams provides a place, for fun, for education, inspiration and physical activity. As someone once said, by providing opportunity in sports, we can hopefully keep them out of the courts.”
Johnson said one thing that was different this year was having representatives from the building and trades industry on hand to make the young men aware of the many jobs that are available to them in that field.