National Alliance for Youth Sports Talks to Hoop ‘Til It Hurts Founder Michael “Skeet” Horton About the Role of Basketball in Kids’ Lives
For more than three decades, Skeet Horton has been using the game of basketball to coach and mentor kids living in depressed economic communities. His focused commitment to prepare these kids for leading happy and successful lives is what led to the founding of Hoop ‘Til It Hurts.
Recently, The National Alliance for Youth Sports featured an article about Skeet on the Sporting Kid Live website, and we are excited. It’s a personal story of success by one man who lived through what he is now helping kids to overcome.
Indeed, Michael “Skeet” Horton grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago. The adults around him didn’t get up and go to work every day. Drug and alcohol abuse were present. Basketball was where Michael learned to be accountable and when he played, he gave everything. He hooped ‘til it hurt. In return, basketball gave him positive male role models and the drive to become a better version of himself.
Because of the generosity of others, the Hoop ‘Til It Hurts Foundation has been able to host several youth basketball clinics this year, pay for registration fees for kids who could not play otherwise, and donate merchandise to teams in need. Most recently, we were able to donate warm-up shirts to the Chicago Demons, a traveling basketball program for boys and girls grades 1 – 12.
We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the media, other youth basketball organizations, mentors, coaches, and individuals like you. We look forward to sharing more success stories in 2020.
To learn more or to get involved in Hoop ‘Til It Hurts Foundation, please contact me.