"Great energy throughout the camp!" The camp coaches were so good with the kids and very structured. Camp went smooth and saw a ton of smiles out there. Most of all they learned healthy eating habits and the right way to play the game."
James Johnson - Current NBA and former Wake Forest player
"I was happy to be a part of Hoops4Health's 10 anniversary. It was great to be able to share my journey with health and living a healthy lifestyle with the kids. They are the next generation. Hoops4Health is a great platform for basketball fundamentals and promoting healthy living. Look forward to being back soon!" Ryan Arcidiacono - Former Chicago Bull and NCAA Champion at Villanova.
"Hoops4Health has taught me so much about nutrition and basketball throughout the years! It’s an amazing program with great people that really care about your health and your performance. Personally, I played for them for 3 years and now I’m playing college basketball. The recruiting assistance was amazing as my Coach Brendan did everything in his power to help me get to the place I am today. Whatever is asked from them, they provide! I would strongly recommend Hoops4Health if you want your kid to be looked after at all times." (Karlo Colak - New Trier - Illinois-Wesleyan)
Hoops4Health is a great program that focuses on a player’s development to their utmost ability. My son has been playing for Hoops4Health for a while and Coach Brendan has been nothing but helpful throughout the years. He spent hours helping my son with the college process and it ultimately paid off as my son is going to college for basketball next year. If you want a program that is honest and hard-working, Hoops4Health will provide those attributes. Coach Brendan still checks on him and helps him with any basketball questions he has. 5 star program! (Marinko Colak - Parent)
"When I first started playing Hoops4Health in fourth grade I did not know what the newly founded program would give to me. Through a couple of practices, I learned how much the coaches at Hoops4Health actually cared about developing their players to reach their potential. As I got older, I continued to be instilled with knowledge from some great coaches throughout middle school. This is where I learned the dedication and hard work that I would need to become the player that I wanted to be. In high school my love for the program grew as I saw how hard our coaches worked to put our teams in a national schedule to get the most exposure possible. Brendan reached out to so many college coaches for all his players to try and get them all to play at the next level. I would not be the player or person I an today without Hoops4Health and am forever grateful for all the lessons that I have learned. Go Bulldogs!
(Brian Conaghan - New Trier High School - UW-Whitewater)
"I've played for many AAU teams before coming across Hoops4Health, and none matched the focus, intense training, and dedication from the coaches as well as the Bulldogs. I joined the program in 4th grade when Coach Brendan had just started and it was one of the best decisions of my life. I met so many great coaches and athletes that I still have great connections with to this day. From this program, I learned body preservation, teamwork, and poise while getting the job done on the court. All the skills I received from the travel team, I was able to apply to my high school team. I couldn't be happier to call myself a Bulldog and I am grateful to have played for such an amazing program. Special thanks to Coach Kolton, Coach Brett, and Coach Cedrick." (Patrick Nwankpa Jr. - Northridge Prep High School)
I was looking for an AAU program after 2 years of bad programs in High School. When I discovered Hoops4Health, I immediately fell in love with the coaching style and the ways the coach's truly care about the players. The coach's promoted a winning atmosphere, that centered around the idea of creating a brotherhood around all the guys. Hoops4Health was the only AAU program to actively help me with recruiting and reach out to coach's for me. Brendan sent film to coach's and emailed over 40 coach's for me. In the end I had over 25 D3 offers, 3 D2 offers, and 1 D1 walk-on spot. All of this is thanks to Brendan for taking a chance on me and truly caring for my future. All of the players on our team still hangout and play together, because of the bond we made on our Hoops4Health team. I am extremely grateful for Hoops4Health, Brendan, and Coach Joe for everything they have done for me and I recommend this program for any kids is trying to get recruited and also grow in fundamentals and skills. (Kevin Thursby - Northridge Prep High School - Santa Clara University - D1)
This program is the best place for not only basketball skill building but overall athletic development of your child. We have done the 3v3 league, clinics, and seasonal training programs and we see a direct correlation with these programs and the overall growth of our two sons in understanding the game, sportsmanship and building fundamentals to succeed. The coaches are phenomenal and lead with a fair but fun approach. Hoops4Health days are my boys favorite days of the week and I would recommend to anyone who wants to see their child grow and flourish in basketball. (Tracey Fitzgerald, Parent)
Hoops4Health has been a wonderful experience for our son. He is now entering his 3rd season for the Wilmette Wolves and has participated in the 3v3 league for the past 2 years as well. Each program is run very well and I appreciate their reliability and professionalism. They work hard to uphold sportsmanship while still allowing the boys to be aggressive and highly competitive with each other. I'm very impressed with the growth our son has shown under Hoops4Health leadership and we are looking forward to another fantastic season! (Nate Vanderkamp, Parent)
My sons love Hoops4Health! The travel program, 3 on 3 league, skills clinics and summer camps have helped my 3rd grader and 5th grader grow as basketball players while having fun with friends. The coaches focus not only on skills, but also on sportsmanship and teamwork. (Laura Resis, Parent)
"Brendan Kolton is the best Coach that has coached my son DeAndre Heckard. Being a part of Hoops4health family for many years put my son on the map of basketball. Brendan doesn't just teach you the game of basketball but all the fundamentals and skills that is needed to succeed to that next level playing field. He has a big heart and loves each and every player under him. Without Brendan I don't believe DeAndre's name would've been known across the basketball world. He took personal time out to email college coaches, call college coaches, send videos of his games and did highlight videos on his behalf. What I love about Brendan Kolton and the Hoops4health family, he stayed in contact with DeAndre well after his AAU career and high school. He still cares about his well being as well as his education. The Heckard Family will always support and be apart of the Hoops4health Family." Angie Heckard - Mother of DeAndre Heckard who has committed to play Division 1 basketball at Stephen F. Austin University
Hoops4Health gave our athlete a place to both "show and grow." There are a lot of teams that give kids a way to be seen, but few that work on getting better as a player, a teammate, and competitor." Parents of Griffin Ryan. D1 player University of Pennsylvania and former New Trier player.
"Such a GREAT program. This is my son's third year with Hoops4Health and he loves it. We tried it out upon other local families recommendations and I am SO glad we did. The coaching is professional yet friendly, serious yet fun. My son's skills have improved drastically over the years with Hoops4Heath. We've participated their clinics, 3v3 program, skills camps, special event programs and the AAU travel league. I recommend trying it, no matter if your child has played for a while or just picked up a Basketball! They've got you covered!" (Parent)
"My 12 year old son has been involved with various Hoops4Health programs for 3 years now and loves the coaches and the training. Hoops is a great choice! (Daisy Hatsis, Parent)
"This company is amazing with kids. If you want your children to learn and have fun....This is the place. " (Parent)
"This is a great program! My son loves it, and the coaches are excellent. It's a great environment to improve your basketball skills." (Parent)
Hoops4Health is a fun, engaging program with great team spirit, excellent coaches, games that challenge and teach the players a lot.They also offer nutrition and mindfulness tools to incorporate for educating the players. Our son has really enjoyed the program, and continues to grow while playing a sport he loves. (Parent)
"Love this organization! Both my son and daughter play with Hoops4Health and they not only teach the kids strong basketball skills, but they also insist on a collaborative, team-oriented approach. It's been a great way to improve in basketball and make some friends from other towns." (Parent)
"Blessed to be have been able to be apart of the program!" (Justin Myers, University of Illinois Springfield)
"Best AAU program in Chicagoland! Gave me an unforgettable experience. Keep up the good work!" (Niko Arsic, Lane Tech HS)
"Thanks for all you do Brendan and staff. Playing for Hoops4Health was a fantastic experience for my son. You guys run a 1st class organization." (Barlow Alleruzzo III, Parent)
"At Hoops4Health, the owners and the coaches care about the children as much as the game. Their passion for the children and the game shines through the way they coach and interact. This organization instills in the kids how to care about each other, how to play as a team and to play hard whether they are winning or losing. My son has grown so much as a player and as a person since joining Hoops4Health." (Tami Gilbert, Parent)
"My son loves the winter travel league. Hoops4Health employs very skilled and knowledgeable coaches who teach the fundamentals of basketball. The tournaments are fun and the distance you have to travel is at most an hour, usually less. They also have an impressive uniform package with includes warm up shirt and practice shirt and a backpack." (Elizabeth Davies, Parent)
"Hoops for Health has been great for my sons development in his basketball skills and, more importantly, his learning of how to play the game correctly. The coaches develop players in all aspects of the game to become an all around better player, teammate and person." (Alex Erickson, Parent)
"Our 6th grader has participated in Hoops4Health programs the past 3 years and we think it is a great organization. We have participated in travel AAU programs, clinics and the 3 on 3 league. Consistently, the coaches have been great. They are knowledgeable and passionate about coaching youth basketball and set a great example for the kids by teaching and displaying great sportsmanship. We have observed our child improve his individual and team skills and have a great time doing it. We strongly recommend the Hoops4Health program to anyone with a child that enjoys basketball." (Mike Bishop, Parent)
"Such a GREAT program. This is my son's third year with Hoops4Health and he loves it. We tried it out upon other local families recommendations and I am SO glad we did. The coaching is professional yet friendly, serious yet fun. My son's skills have improved drastically over the years with Hoops4Heath. We've participated their clinics, 3v3 program, skills camps, special event programs and the AAU travel league. I recommend trying it, no matter if your child has played for a while or just picked up a Basketball! They've got you covered!" (Casey Brown, Parent)
"We were very happy with this program. My son had some great coaching and never complained about going to practice. His skills really improved." (Angi Mell, Parent)
"My 12 year old son has been involved with various Hoops4Health programs for 3 years now and loves the coaches and the training. Hoops is a great choice!"
"Hoops4Health is a great mentoring and training program for student athletes seeking to develop in basketball athletics. The coaches are passionate about developing student athletes for college readiness by ensuring students compete at the appropriate level and in highly exposed tournaments My son Jeremiah (JC) trained and played on both local and national teams throughout the high school. JC learned valuable skill building techniques, which contributed to his overall athleticism, competitiveness, and confidence in playing the sport. Through Hoops training and exposure, JC learned over $80K in academic scholarships and an opportunity to play college basketball at Manchester University. Thanks to Coach Brendan & the entire coaching staff for your leadership and guidance." Tora Swint. Mother of Jeremiah Swint.
"Campers had a lot of energy. Thats what I loved about the camps. Tons of energy. Really hit on all the PG skills and all around fundamentals. Kids were engaged and I was able to really teach. I was able to run my own drills station which definitely was fun. Great to see the kids asking questions and having a good time."
Dee Brown - Former NBA and Illinois player
"I had such a blast at the Hoops4Health camp. The drill stations were spot on. Lots of fundamentals. It was fun to interact with the kids and even get to play one on one with them. I was impressed with the amount of personal attention kids get. They run things very well."
Adreian Payne - Former NBA and Michigan St. player.
"The kids asked great questions. Being able to do a Q&A was fun. Building the connection with the kids is important. Felt Hoops4Health has core philosophies that are really important to the kids. The drills were great and the games so much fun! Hoops4Health is a first class organization.
Jannero Pargo - Former NBA and Arkansas player
“Hoops4Health runs everything so smoothly and professionally. They have a great focus on teaching the game the right way with fundamentals. Their emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle is very important. The clinic was great and the kids were awesome.”
Sam Dekker - Former NBA and Wisconsin player
"I was really impressed on how Hoops4Health ran my camp. They came in with a program that really stressed fundamentals. One of the keys to the camp was shooting and they had some unique drills that helped build a solid shooting foundation. Kids had a great time and learned a lot!"
Steve Novak - Former NBA and Marquette player
"Great Camp! Everything was well ran. The vibe you got right when I got in the gym was crazy. Lot of kids and a lot of energy. Best part was the health part. Exposing them to good healthy habits and to make that a way of life is so important.
- 2023 Sacramentio Kings #5 Draft Pick - Former Iowa player.
"I think the highlight was the full court games with the kids. Getting to just go out there and play games with them was a blast. I also thought the one on one games with the kids was great. Felt the instruction was at a high level and breaking down the correct way to shoot was a great addition."
Jon Scheyer - Current Head coach and former player and National Champion at Duke
"Hoops4Health did a great job with my son. Pushed him to challenge himself and take his game to another level. They worked on the fundamentals and how to be a team player. A program I would definitely recommend to build a solid basketball foundation."
David Booth - NBA Front Office and former DePaul player
"Hoops4Health is awesome! Lot of learning and teaching going on. Really educate the players. Kids had fun and had great attitudes. Lot of positive energy and everyone had fun."
Demetrius Jackson - Former NBA and Notre Dame player.