Malcolm Brogdon’s Hoops2o Program Expands NBA Lineup, Doubles Fundraising Goal
Malcolm Brogdon moved from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Indiana Pacers during NBA free agency this summer, but his impact will still be felt the most in East Africa. After raising more than $250,000 to build water wells on the continent during the inaugural season of his Hoops2o program, the 26-year-old Atlanta native has his sights set on doubling donations in 2019-20 with the help of an expanded lineup of his professional basketball peers.
This year’s group will include Donte DiVincenzo of the Bucks, Kyle Guy of the Sacramento Kings and Tim Frazier of the Detroit Pistons, in addition to the returning “Starting 5” of Malcolm, Joe Harris and Garrett Temple of the Brooklyn Nets, Anthony Tolliver of the Portland Trail Blazers and NBA veteran Justin Anderson.
“We started Hoops2o last year intending to raise a quarter of a million dollars to help alleviate the world water crisis,” Malcolm said in a statement. “We exceeded that number and transformed five communities with the life-saving gift of clean water. But we know there are still 785 million people that lack access to basic drinking water in the world, which means our vision and our impact has to be bigger.”
The new goal of $500,000 would afford Hoops2o enough funding to bring clean water to 75,000 people in East Africa. To reach that mark, Malcolm and company will be reviving the “Ballin’ For Buckets” drive, whereby fans pledged donations based on a particular player’s on-court production, as the #Hoops2oDoubleDouble contest.
Malcolm founded Hoops2o last season as a basketball-oriented off-shoot Waterboys, an initiative from The Chris Long Foundation that rallies NFL players to spread clean water to those who don’t have access to it. In addition to his charitable efforts, Malcolm is currently serving a three-year term as a Vice President on the National Basketball Players Association’s Executive Committee.
Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.