2023 Grants Challenge

Compton Program

5-Eleven Hoops is a 501 c3 non profit unlocking the strengths and full potential of kids with Autism through sports in supportive and inclusive spaces. Grant funding will support our standing weekly basketball classes in the city of Compton 3 days per week. In addition funding will help with our new social skills program led my a licensed speech pathologist, art, drama, nutrition/cooking class and a STEAM program. Our programs will assist our participants in cognitive & social development along with building confidence.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Play Equity to Advance Mental Health (sponsored by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation)

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

South LA

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

The issue we are addressing is the disparity of programs for individuals with Autism and other intellectual/ physical disabilities in low income areas. In the city of Compton there are no enrichment programs are inclusive and have the support to help with the population of individuals we work with. The access to inclusive programs for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities is non existent in Compton and we will continue to change that.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

This grant will support the address issue by allowing us to secure venues such as gyms, community rooms to facilitate our programming. Also because we are working with population of individuals that require staff with experience or some level of understanding, we will hire individuals who work in the field, or have a passion with working with the neurodivergent population. We envision that our program will become a hub for families to come to for sports programming, therapeutic services, other enrichment programs and additional resources

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

Our vision for the remainder of this year is to provide services 5 days per week in Compton. Basketball programming will run 3 days per week Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Social Skills and STEAM will operate every Thursday in 12 weeks sessions. Art, Drama, and nutrition/cooking classes will run 1x per year for 10 weeks on Tuesday. Our long term plan is to open our own sports and therapy center in Compton, CA. The facility will be sensory friendly sports complex that includes 2 full court basketball, 1 mid sized basketball court, weight fitness area, pool, music studio, room, multiple classrooms/ studios, outdoor track and football soccer field, garden and horse stable. We will also have speech therapy, occupational therapy, center based ABA therapy, social skills therapy, sibling support classes, parent groups and jobs training for individuals with intellectual, physical disabilities.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

Our basketball program is an existing program that we have been operating for the past 7 years. We measure the impact of our program based on goals we set for each participant. We aim ton increase each participant performance by 20-30% in the following areas: Number of shots made out of 10 Ability to chest or bounce pass and catch ball Decrease run time up and down court (94ft) by 10-30% Increase confidence and desire to try new non preferred task by 20-30%. Will be based on parent surveys. Increase in socializing and engaging with peer for more than 1 minute in simple conversation or peer to peer interaction by 20-30% See a decrease in elopement and meltdowns by 20-30%. Will be based on parent surveys.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 350

Indirect Impact: 5,230

Describe the role of collaborating organizations on this project.

The partner organization that is apart of this proposal is Speech World Associates who is led by our social skills instructor Lauren White. Our cooking and nutrition class is led by UCLA's Healthy Tomorrows outreach group.