August 20, 2020. August kicks off the HoopBus Coast to Coast campaign. The bus will travel across the country from Venice, California to Venice, Florida to Washing, DC visiting several cities and communities along the way. This team is connecting and giving back to communities where it is needed the most, through the game they love.
The HoopBus is a converted school bus that provides a one of a kind experience featuring two basketball hoops on the outside of the vehicle, allowing for an instant ball court wherever they happen to be. The bus provides a safe place for interviews with individuals, community leaders, and many more at each stop of this incredible journey. The HoopBus will be joining social movements and interviewing activities and community leaders dedicated to making a difference. Along the way, the group will be repairing basketball courts that have been damaged or left in disrepair. Events will also be hosted during each stop for socially-distanced activities like dunk contests, horse, and 3-point shootouts. Providing local youth with new balls, clothes, tee shirts and a platform to be heard throughout their journey. Through these troubled times, The HoopBus has become a symbol of community and allows for the sharing of individual stories and that of their cities.
The HoopBus team is not only focused on having a positive impact on communities. They also are taking steps to positively impact the environment. HoopBus has partnered with American Natural Gas (ANG) to provide the cleanest possible fuel to power their coast to coast journey. The bus is completely powered by renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is the number one environmentally friendly alternative fuel source as it offers low or negative carbon emissions.
Transportation is the number one contributor to air pollution in the US. As a result of diesel and gasoline powered vehicles pollution levels have reached an all time high, 4 out of every 10 American’s live in areas with air that is unhealthy to breathe, that is equal to 134 million Americans. 71% of African Americans live in counties in violation of federal air pollution standards. Black children are 2x more likely to be hospitalized for asthma and 4x more likely to die from asthma than white children. The HoopBus and American Natural Gas team join forces to not only have an unparalleled social impact but also a positive environmental impact as well.