Five in-house, Minneapolis Park Board League, and Kings of the Court traveling basketball teams keep the HHYD gym busy throughout the year with 8-15 year olds practicing and competing in age appropriate leagues to build skills and confidence.
Kings of the Court
Kings of the Court is a 6th/7th grade traveling basketball team that plays in tournaments and leagues throughout the metro area. The Kings also hope to expand their range of play to include travel to other areas of the Midwest in the future.
The King’s of the Court team philosophy is to instill in players the ability to use the gifts God has given them not only to succeed in basketball but also in life. They begin and end every practice and game with a team prayer led by our players or coaches. They also build team unity through activities such as eating out, attending sporting events and other outings together that strengthen interpersonal relationships, giving players a chance to get to know one another off the court.
Over 90% of the students involved in HHYD King Of the Court program have gone on to enroll in a post secondary educationTEAM GOALS: * To help each youth develop their spiritual, physical, and educational gifts. * To represent Christ-like attitudes on and off the basketball court. * To participate and continue to gain experience with traveling competition.
Midnight Basketball, one of HHYD’s longest running programs, is the only HHYD athletic program where participation is not limited to children.
Held every Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 12 .a.m., Midnight Basketball is open to inner city males ages 15-25 providing them with an energizing alternative to a night on the streets. This weekly event offers friendship and hope where there has often been little and has proven to enrich misplaced lives, and re-direct young people away from an environment of guns, drugs, and the criminal justice system.
The Midnight Basketball program is endorsed by community law enforcement and local churches for it’s ability to provide a venue for at-risk males to be off the street at a crucial time when violence typically occurs.