Saturday Hoops is celebrating its 15th anniversary on May 18 with its annual Dribblethon block party at Ziegler Park, guaranteed to draw dozens – and dozens – of kids from the neighborhood for food, faith and fun.
Beautiful new Ziegler Park, with greenspace, playgrounds and a swimming pool, opened in the summer of 2017 as an oasis for the kids of Over-the-Rhine.
This year’s Dribblethon will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each year, Dribblethon is the culmination of a great season of Saturday Hoops, a program for underprivileged kids in the neighborhood started by the late Ed Berg. Saturday Hoops is now a partnership with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.
Every Saturday morning from January through mid-May, the Saturday Hoops team opens up “The Hub” at the Cincinnati Recreation Commission Center across from Findlay Market. Saturday Hoops provides fun, faith, and positive role modeling through a variety of activities for kids 6-18. The activities include art, speakers, breakfast and lunch, exercise, and, of course, basketball.
Dribblethon also serves as a kickoff event for the Summer Saturday Hoops program. Thanks to Ziegler Park, young people in the community have a place to enjoy the same benefits of community and volunteer interaction during the summer that are offered at Saturday Hoops January through May.
Dribblethon is open to the entire Cincinnati community. There will be basketball, dancing, food, art, and plenty of other activities. The first 150 children in attendance will receive a new basketball to take home.