For 14 years HOOPSTARS has been a known presence in Chicago's North Lawndale community. Our after school basketball and tutoring program has impacted the lives of hundreds of kids over the years.We hope to continue to make a difference in the community and to help our athletes, their families, and the North Lawndale community to turn against violence and to work together to develop peace, unity, a sense of community. 

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Making a difference in North Lawndale since 2000

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Our Mission

It's back to school time for our HOOPSTARS athletes! We are allowing our kids to settle in a bit before we start up our after school fun starts. We will be reaching out for donations, tutors, and mentors so please check back to find out more!

To prevent youth crime in Chicago's Lawndale Community by providing youth between the ages of 7 and 16 with supervised athletic, educational and social development activities

Founded in October of 2000 by then 12 year old Meaghan Kelly. HOOPSTARS was founded on the idea that children need a safe place where they can learn essential skills, both athletic and everyday life. Over the last 14 years we have served hundreds of Chicago's most vulnerable youth!



HOOPSTARS strives to make sure that each and every one of our athletes is successful, whether that means on the court, in the classroom, or out in the community. In order to play for HOOPSTARS, you must make a commitment to your teammates, coaches, and to yourself to strive for success in all aspects of your life. We believe in our athletes and we teach them to believe in themselves. Our program extends to the classroom through volunteer reading helpers, after school tutors, and contact with teachers and principals.


Meet Our Team!


Founder, Coach and Community Engagement Member

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Hope in Action

Steve Space

Founder, Coach and Youth Development and Enhancement Coordinator

Carol Kelly

Founder, Coach and Youth and Family Advocate

Sharon Bresnahan

Secretary and Treasurer