The Alley Oop Project

The Alley Oop Project





Wide Bay Basketball is a non-profit organisation affiliated with, and operates under, The Alley Oop Project, which is an organisation that uses basketball as a tool to raise awareness for mental health and well-being and raises funds for preferred mental health resource partners Black Dog and Beyond Blue through the Hoop-A-Thon event.

We acknowledge young people at risk through trauma, disadvantage, social isolation and discrimination, are more likely to have adverse outcomes over the course of their lives. These adverse outcomes might include homelessness. not completing school, unemployment, addiction, poor mental and physical health, domestic violence and interactions with the police and justice systems. Therefore, we have a program called Assist & Rise that helps young people engage in a positive activity in a safe environment that allows them the opportunity to learn, create and display core Values.

Teaching values through the sport of basketball with our Assist & Rise Program – Sport is an integral part of Australian culture and society. Sport has and continues to play a major role in shaping the Australian identity. Sport can provide a positive influence that enriches the lives of everyone involved in it. Sport can also provide an ideal environment to learn and understand yourself and your Values.

Whether we are consciously aware of them or not, every individual has a Core set of personal Values. Your Values can be defined as the deeply held beliefs you have about yourself as a person, and about how you should behave or act in life and they do not change or move over time. Values can range from the belief in hard work and sense of commitment, to the more psychological, such as resilience, honesty and community.

Whether you’re a participant, a coach, an administrator, a volunteer or even a spectator, sport is unique in the way it can challenge people and strengthen their Core beliefs and Values. Some of these may include commitment, decisiveness, friendship, honesty, integrity, leadership, loyalty, reliability, resourcefulness, tolerance, tradition and teamwork.

The Australian Sports Commission defines the Core principles of sport in Australia through The Essence of Australian Sport.

Fairness – operating within the spirit of the rules, never taking an unfair advantage, and making informed and honourable decisions at all times.

Respect – recognising the contribution which people make to sport, treating them with dignity and consideration, as well as caring for the property and equipment they use.

Responsibility – taking responsibility for one’s actions and being a positive role model at all times.

Safety – encouraging healthy and safe procedures, preventing and reporting dangerous behaviour, while demonstrating concern for others.

Sport is an unparalleled vehicle for enhancing social inclusion. From the Olympics and International World Championships to the local parks and clubs around Australia, sport provides the opportunity for culturally and linguistically diverse peoples to come together and play. Age, neurological disorders, mental illnesses and physical and mental disability are no barriers for sport with modified rules and equipment, support, help and guidance now commonplace.

Sport is a tool for collaboration, diversity and building social cohesion. It will also contribute to personal growth through understanding the importance of Values, testing these Values and developing the capacity to make ethical decisions.

By participating in the Assist & Rise Program this will result in:

For youth at risk:

  • Increased confidence.
  • Increased hope for the future.
  • Increased social interactions.
  • Increased community interactions.
  • Re-engagement with education.
  • Actively seeking work

And eventually will lead to:

  • Educational attainment (completion of Year 10, 11 or 12, TAFE, apprenticeship or university).
  • Stable employment over time (full-time or part-time).
  • Regular volunteering and community contribution.
  • A stable support network in place.
  • Stable housing.
  • Reduced reliance on government services.
  • Improved health and wellbeing.

Wide Bay Basketball has created training, coaching and development programs, as well as leagues, tournaments and events for an exciting brand of 3v3 Basketball as well as the traditional 5 on 5.

Wide Bay Basketball also has an affiliated club, Crocs Basketball Club, in the traditional 5 on 5 brand of basketball in the local Hervey Bay Junior and Senior competitions. Created in July 2022 and now with over 60+ members, this club is helping grow the sport of basketball and the local competition in the local area with teams in age groups and divisions of U12, U14, U16, U18, Men & Women Div. 1, 2, and 3.

Wide Bay Basketball has developed the following;

3v3 School Hoops Wide Bay Basketball Program in conjunction with Assist & Rise Program

3v3 School Holiday Basketball Program

3v3 Inter School Basketball Competition

Crocs Aussie Ball – Junior Crocs Program (Crocs Basketball Club Junior Development Program)

Crocs Aussie Ball is an introductory program, providing a fun and inclusive Basketball experience for 5 to 10 year olds that serves as an introduction to a lifetime of involvement in the game and a pathway to Crocs Basketball Club.

In addition to promoting healthy and active lifestyles, the program serves as a platform for social development and inclusion - fostering stronger and more vibrant communities and individuals as well as providing a pathway for kids to play in the local club competition once they can do so.

3v3 Basketball League

3v3 Basketball League is a program that provides people of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. It is a fun and exciting way to get active while working on your basketball skills in a non-traditional basketball format and setting.


Neurodiverse Basketball League

Wide Bay Basketball's Neurodiverse Basketball League is an organisation that provides children and adults with disabilities, and all abilities, a chance to enjoy the game of basketball in a safe and fun learning environment where they can be themselves without fear of being judged. The opportunity to participate in a team sport through learning new basketball skills and social participation to help enhance everyday life skills in a fun, inclusive and positive way.

All abilities basketball introduces participants to basketball with the opportunity to develop important coordination skills, motor skills and social skills.

This will be an opportunity for people with disabilities and neurodiverse diagnoses to develop confidence, strength and skills as well as make new friends and learn about team work.

To enhance the delivery of the tailored program, sessions are conducted in a fun, social and relaxed environment utilising different teaching methods to stimulate participants' learning processes.

Wide Bay Basketball is NDIS certified compliance ready with Health Care Providers Australia and encourage self managed and plan managed clients to contact us for more information.

Wide Bay Indigenous 3v3 Basketball League

Despite ongoing barriers, sport has always played an important part in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian lives, and continues to improve health and development outcomes. Our mission is to bring Basketball to all in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.

Ballerhood - Community Basketball Project

This project is set in a social format and is more about creating a Brotherhood and Sisterhood where participants feel like they are a part of something that is inclusive, supportive, fun, engaging and where lifelong friendships are made through the activity of basketball.

Intercultural Basketball Festival

What’s the difference between multicultural and intercultural?

Where 'multicultural' relates to varied cultural groups existing independently of one another, 'intercultural' refers to something occurring between different cultures.

What is the primary difference between multiculturalism and interculturalism?

While multiculturalism focuses on a national level questioning the national identity, interculturalism emphasises the local level because of the geographical and physical proximity among groups that facilitate dialogue and exchanges.

‘Bringing Communities Together Through the Sport of Basketball’

Hoop-A-Thon Cause Related Fundraiser Events for 2024

February / April / June / August / October / December

Below are our chosen charities that we have had a personal involvement with in some way through either experience or personally know of someone who has gone through a hard time and sought assistance from one of these charities.

Hoop for Farmers

Drought Angels -

Aussie Helpers -


Hoop for Cancer

BEAT – Bladder Cancer / Education / Awareness & Support / Treatment & Research

Be Uplifted Inc – Breast Cancer Charity

Hoop for Kids Charities

Aussie Kids Charity -

ASPECT – Autism Spectrum Australia


Hoop for Homeless

Backpack Bed for Homeless -

J&T Supporting Homeless - Hervey Bay -


Hoop for Mental Health

Black Dog Institute -

Beyond Blue -


Hoop for the Conservation of the Environment and Wildlife Preservation

Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland

Australian Conservation Foundation -

Girls Can Ball – Girls Basketball Program

Girls Can Ball - Girls Basketball is a program solely made to focus on the growth of girls’ youth basketball. Girls simply do not receive the same positive reinforcement in sports as boys do. We aim to develop basketball skills, sportsmanship and self-esteem through our coaches, gym officials and organisers. Our coaches will teach players of all positions and levels to play smart basketball, be coaches on the court, and to become leaders on and off the court.


Our goal is to empower and inspire girls to grow physically and mentally as we enlighten them to realize their full potential both on and off the court.

Coach The Coach Program

Learn to Coach Basketball with our ‘Coach The Coach’ Program

​We go through basic ball handling and shooting techniques, teach some drills and get access to our coaches’ resources so we can help and assist coaches move up to higher grades, or older age groups and how to adjust trainings, teach coaches how to create flow in sessions and to keep kids interested and wanting to come to training.

There are many more programs that Wide Bay Basketball has created for the community at large and these include (but not limited to);

3v3 WalkBall – Walking Basketball

What is 3v3 WalkBall – Walking Basketball & who can participate??

3v3 WalkBall - Walking Basketball is a low-impact, social and fun way to improve the levels of physical activity for inactive and slightly active Australians, including those recovering from injury.

3v3 WalkBall - Walking Basketball is for participants across all ages, genders and abilities and helps to maintain and improve health and decrease risk factors associated with sedentary behaviour.

Wide Bay Basketball has affiliated organisations that help with training, coaching, development, fitness, rehabilitation, allied health and mental health.

These include;

Basketball Coaching Online

Personal Training Online

Fitness Training Online

Train Anywhere Any Time

All Ages / All Abilities / All Experience / All Genders

One-To-One Basketball Coaching and Personal/Fitness Training Live via ZOOM or Pre Recorded On Demand (coming soon)

Basketball Specific Training & Coaching

Personal Training

Fitness Training

Stretch & Conditioning Training

Sleep & Recovery Coaching

Diet & Nutrition/Rehydration

TEAM Coaching via ZOOM

Warm Up

Offence Drills

Defence Drills

Team Plays

Basketball IQ / Mental Game & Strength

Stretching & Recovery

FitBALL Queensland

Athletic Development Program for junior athletes creating safe, fun and educational environment to help each participant learn how to maximise their own sessions.

We start with building basic movement patterns that promote balance, flexibility, agility, strength, and speed that is catered to each young athlete’s level. Creating a foundation on moving with correct technique to maximise each athlete’s potential. We have a strong focus on fun and play based training to make sure the young athletes stay focused and always engaged whilst maximising their own individual workouts.

Our athletic development program aims to create strong, agile, and stable players to maximise durability and prevent injuries, all while getting faster, stronger, more agile, increased endurance and stamina and become overall healthier and fitter individuals.

Stretch & Conditioning Training

640 Stretching Program - delivered by a Certified Stretch Coach

Assisted Stretching / Exercise Stretching / Mobility Stretching / Sports Stretching

Sleep & Recovery Coach

Holistic and Practical Solutions to Quality Sleep for Mental Health, Emotional Health and Physical Health.

Sleep & Recovery Coaching to a longer Health Span with a by-product of a longer Life Span.

Active Lifestyle Management

Active - physical & mental strength, sports training & conditioning, assisted stretching and injury prevention & rehabilitation

Lifestyle - diet, nutrition, exercise, recovery training and mental health & well-being programs

Management - how to achieve and sustain results through ongoing programs

  • Basketball

Your donation to this project is tax deductible

The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) is the only deductible gift recipient for sport in Australia. This means that donations of $2 or more to approved projects on our website are tax deductible. Shortly after making your donation, you'll receive an official receipt from the ASF that you can use in your income tax return. If you have any questions about your donation, please visit





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The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) is the only deductible gift recipient for sport in Australia. This means that donations of $2 or more to approved projects on our website are tax deductible. Shortly after making your donation, you'll receive an official receipt from the ASF that you can use in your income tax return. If you have any questions about your donation, please visit