JamQuest Hoops Inc

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JamQuest Hoops Inc: Inspiring people to do what they love, and do it for others.

Hanover, United StatesAthens, United States
Year Founded:
2008
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

JamQuest strives to raise up a generation of young, world-changing, servant leaders, who are fearless enough to believe that they can actually change the world. Our mission is to bring faith, hope, and love to kids in need around the world through the care and service of young athletes.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if young people used their talents and passions to serve others and inspire hope into the hearts of one billion kids?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Throughout the world, millions of kids wake up every day without any hope. They don't have hope of going to school, getting enough to eat, feeling safe, using their talents, realizing their dreams, etc. Over the next five years, a majority of the world is going to be under the age of 25 and most of them will be born into poverty. Not only do their basic needs need to be met, but they need to be instilled with faith, hope, and love.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We believe that when people use their talents and passions to help others, miracles happen. One of the biggest things this world lacks is leadership and selflessness. Athletes are some of the most influential leaders on middle school, high school, and college campuses. If they are inspired to use their influence to lead and serve others, you can change a whole community. Over the past seven years, we have held athletic events to raise money ($60,000) and awareness for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya. We want to raise money through our events to support programs that are helping these kids in need, raise awareness about the darkness in the world, and train young people on how to positively impact their communities.

Awards

First ever Hero of HOPE Kenya Award. Featured as the main speaker at school assemblies, conferences, and camps.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

JamQuest was started as an eighth grade service project by Nick Shoff in Ridgefield, CT. By his senior year, in 2012, the 3-on-3 JamQuest Hoops basketball tournament raised $11,000 and included over 200 participants (from over 5 different schools). Nick was able to hold assemblies at the local middle schools and high schools trying to inspire the students to change their communities. NBA and NFL players supported JamQuest that year and it was known all over New England. In 2015, Nick was able to visit the orphans in Kenya that were supported. The kids told him stories of seeing a light in their life for the first time and gaining hope and faith that they had never had before, because of the education they received through JamQuest support.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

JamQuest has raised over $60,000 through the summer of 2015. Nick and the JQ team have spoken to over 10,000 students about the incredible needs in the world and inspiring the students that they could make a powerful difference in their communities. In 2013, Nick was honored as the first ever Hero of HOPE Kenya at an international conference for the organization, HOPE worldwide. Other projects and events have sparked because of JQ's influence such as a concert, called CampStock to support an amazing youth camp in Philadelphia, and other fundraisers to help those in need. Nick has spoken at conferences and on TV about the power of service. JQ has expanded to over 7 different cities in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, JQ was recognized as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We have dreams of expanding and creating leadership programs for young people to learn to change the world.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Within the next 10 years, we want to have a JamQuest chapter in every state in America as well as 5 other countries internationally. We want to have helped over 5,000 kids receive faith, hope, love, basic necessities, and educational opportunities. We believe that we can raise up hundreds of young servants leaders who are driven and inspired to serve others.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We hope to receive support from major corporations who believe in what we do and want to join us in helping one billion kids. We are also aiming to receive grants that will help us cover our administrative expenses. We have one part time employee and over the next few years, we want to hire more people to further our mission. Much of our funding will come through our events and individual donors.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are other projects that are trying to help kids around the world. We want to connect and not compete with these other organizations. We believe at the heart of every non-profit there is a deep desire to make this world a better place. If we joined together, this world would look radically different. What makes us different is that we are driven to train other leaders who will create other projects to change the world. We not only donate fish, but we raise up other fisherman who will make an even greater impact.
Team

Founding Story

When Nick Shoff was in the eighth grade, he learned about the poverty of kids his age in Africa. With the help of his parents and a middle school service project, Nick founded JamQuest Hoops, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, in Ridgefield, CT. That year we raised $2,700 and had about 50 participants. Since that day in 2008, JQ has raised $60,000, involved thousands of people, inspired thousands more, has held 15 events in seven different cities, has helped 30 young men and women in Kenya receive an education, and support inner city youth in Philadelphia. Nick used his passion for basketball and his community around him to make a difference and he continues to dream of changing the world.
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