OUR STORY

The Kendall Madison Foundation's basketball program, Hoop Hampton was formed by scholarship recipient 
Marcus Edwards in 2015, but his connection to basketball in the Hamptons runs much deeper. He is a graduate of East Hampton High School where he was named All New York State basketball player. Marcus went on to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Babson College.

After college, Marcus returned to his roots in East Hampton and took a position as the East Hampton Boys Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach. The culture of basketball in the town, however, had changed. Kids were no longer playing casual games of pick up hoops in the parks, in fact, it was difficult to even find a group of people to play with. Kids seemed to be more excited about virtual play on gaming consoles and digital media. Most recreational basketball had been relegated to adult leagues. After swapping stories with colleagues, it became clear that this was not only happening in the Hamptons, but throughout the East End of Long Island.
 
What had changed?
 
Aside from newer technologies keeping kids inside, we realized there are limited opportunities for kids to participate in organized basketball programs and receive quality instruction. Many young players have the desire and drive to improve in basketball, but few are being taught the specific fundamentals and techniques that it takes to succeed. Some East End towns don’t even offer basketball programs. As a result, our kids are missing out on the comraderies, work ethic, and confidence that improving and excelling in sport can bring.
 
After his first season as coach, Marcus continued to pursue his passion for basketball and began giving private basketball lessons, which became an outlet for kids to continue improving. The private lessons became small group lessons and grew to larger clinics and camps with upwards of 50 kids per day. This growing interest from the community and Marcus’ passion for the sport lead to the development of Hoop Hampton. It became clear that the passion for basketball and the winning spirit on the East End of Long Island still exists. What was missing was the perfect opportunity to play, learn and grow in the sport. We at Hoop Hampton are excited and proud to provide that opportunity!

 

OUR MISSION

To provide a complete basketball development experience for all children interested in learning.



TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” 

                                                                                                                                                                - Michael Jordan

We teach and reinforce proven techniques by assessing then appropriately regressing/progressing our players in a fun, positive, and disciplined manner. This encourages dedication and a life-long love for the game of basketball.