|2021 Power Hoops|
Although they won 4 of the 8 tournaments they participated in during the 2017 season and finished 12th at the AAU Nationals, Walt Bonner’s 2021 Power Hoops squad is more proud of their community service record and their approach to the game. “We want kids to understand not just about basketball, but how basketball translates to life. Our main focus is getting them ready for high school [basketball],” said Bonner. While most travel programs focus most of their efforts on playing games and winning, the Cleveland-based Power Hoops has carved out time to complete community service projects.
As an example, this summer at the AAU Nationals in Orlando, FL., Bonner’s team was chosen from 110 teams to participate in the AAU Cares program. As part of the program, the team shared time and handed out lunches and keepsakes to the children in Oncology Ward and throughout Florida’s Children’s Hospital. According to Coach Bonner, “We got the opportunity to see how truly blessed we are and how great it feels to be a blessing to others! The kids got some of the most valuable gifts they could ever receive way beyond medals. They received original drawings, tremendous words of gratitude, ingratiated smiles and pride of knowing they contributed to easing the hospital stay if just for a moment for the children and parents of Florida.” We applaud Coach Bonner and his team's effort to develop kids and serve their community!