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contact usHoops for St. Jude turns your passion for basketball into hope for kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Get in the game now and make a donation, get your school involved or contact us.

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About Hoops for St. Jude

Hoops for St. Jude is a unique program that turns your passion for basketball into hope for children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Participating in the program is easy, and by helping St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, you'll be helping sick kids in communities everywhere.

What started as a fundraiser amongst friends and colleagues at the NBA Summer League has evolved into an integrated basketball platform called Hoops for St. Jude. The program now includes NBA stars, fans and schools throughout the country who pledge to help the kids of St. Jude while they follow and play the game they love. It began in 2008 when Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Kevin Love agreed to sponsor an internet auction of 60 rookie jerseys to benefit St. Jude. All 30 NBA teams supported St. Jude and the auction raised over $26,000 to support the hospital’s lifesaving work. 

Since then, more NBA stars have gotten involved in a more direct way – by making a donation for every point they score throughout the season in support of St. Jude. Shane Battier, Pau Gasol, Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, Kevin Love and Steve Blake have pledged to donate to St. Jude for every point they score this NBA season. And NBA coach George Karl has also joined in the fight against childhood cancer by pledging his support of Hoops for St. Jude.

You can get in the game now by making a one-time donation, setting up monthly donations or by making a pledge for points scored by our stars during the NBA season. With any gift of $20 or more, you will receive a commemorative Hoops for St. Jude lapel pin. By participating in Hoops for St. Jude, you will help ensure that St. Jude continues its mission of finding cures and saving children.

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Bring Hoops to Your School

School Hoops for St. Jude is a volunteer-based program that takes place during your P.E. classes and consists of a series of basketball-related activities. Hoops for St. Jude benefits you and your students in several ways. 
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About St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

St. Jude physicians and scientists have pioneered treatments that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world, and freely shares its discoveries with the global scientific and medical communities.

Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay.

As a participant in Hoops for St. Jude, you are supporting the lifesaving work at St. Jude.

For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.


  • St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
  • In 2009, Parents magazine named St. Jude the No. 1 pediatric cancer care hospital in the country, based on the magazine’s survey of more than 75 children’s hospitals nationwide.
  • The daily operating cost for St. Jude is nearly $1.5 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions.
  • During the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude.
  • In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is 94 percent, thanks to research and treatment protocols developed at St. Jude.