Hoops and Dreams

Hoops and Dreams uses basketball to teach life’s lessons to the youth of Utica. According to Patrick Johnson, the goals of the event include “Raising awareness on how to reduce violence in the City of Utica”.

His program strives to teach youth what happens after your first dream cannot be realized. Many inner city children dream of becoming professional ball players. While this is a worthwhile goal, few athletes are able to successfully enter professional sports. It is OK to have such lofty goals. Mr. Johnson helps children to understand this reality and nurtures them to set other goals including maximizing their education.