Jonathon Dues, CEO of Swish House, emceed this year’s draft night. Swish House is an organization that offers basketball fitness classes to adults, taught by former professional and collegiate players.
Hoops to Homework participants go through a 45-minute Swish House clinic with Dues and his staff on Sunday evenings before competing in five-on-five games. It’s an opportunity for our kids to work on their basketball fundamentals and also learn important life lessons.
“Whether you love hoops, kind of like hoops, or don’t really care about hoops, if you want to get better at anything, you don’t just show up — you show up and you work,” Dues explained to our kids. “And we’re going to teach you how to work.”
Dues also thanked the sponsors who make Hoops to Homework possible: TransUnion and the Chicago Bulls. Our kids’ faces lit up when Dues announced that this year’s Hoops to Homework championship game will be played at the United Center – home court of the Chicago Bulls and the same floor that Michael Jordan once played on.