What is Healthy Hoops® Kentucky?

Healthy Hoops® Kentucky is a special initiative that uses basketball and fun to focus on the needs of kids with asthma. Under the guidance of celebrity basketball coaches and medical experts, children from the ages of 7 to 14 and their families will participate in a full day of health awareness, entertainment, asthma screenings, and basketball drills and skills workshops! It is free, open to the public but registration is limited.

Why Attend Healthy Hoops® Kentucky?

If you're the parent, guardian, coach, teacher, or friend of a child with asthma, you know that if left unmanaged, the disease can impact his or her ability to go to school, participate in sports, and just have fun. 

Healthy Hoops® Kentucky is a new approach to giving kids and families the tools they need to keep asthma under control. These skills include learning how to use medications appropriately, proper nutrition, and how to monitor exercise and recreation.

And the facts speak for themselves:

  • Asthma is the most common childhood chronic disease*
  • Asthma is the 3rd leading cause of hospitalization among children
  • Asthma accounts for 14.6 million missed school days
  • In the period ending July 2007, more than 700 children living in Jefferson County, KY were identified as asthmatic

How Does Healthy Hoops® Kentucky Work?

In a fun and festive environment, children from the ages of 7 to 14 and their families will participate in:

  • Basketball clinics with celebrity coaches
  • 3-point shot contest
  • Asthma screenings
  • Workshops on asthma management, nutrition, obesity prevention, and more

Want to Register? If you would like more information, please call 1(800) 578-0603 ext 78429.

Tip-Off Event

At this free event held on September 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., participants register for mandatory health screenings, participate in basketball drills conducted by professional basketball coaches, and learn health prevention and intervention techniques from health care experts.

Location information
Assumption High School
Tyler Lane and Bardstown Road

Asthma Screenings

All participants are required to undergo health screenings. The health screenings are used to assess each participant's health status, assess medications, review appropriate medication use, establish a personalized action plan, and evaluate results.

Parent Education

Parental/guardian participation is a vital component of Healthy Hoops® Kentucky. At each event described above, there are workshops for parents that provide management tips, prevention facts, and information about the importance of complying with the treatment plan(s) that their providers prescribe for their children.

Professional Development

An educational seminar developed by nationally recognized educators and based on national standards provides continuing education units for school nurses, recreational coaches, childcare providers, day care staff, parents, community based organizations, and physical education teachers.

Darrell Griffith, "Dr. Dunkenstein" Honorary Chair, Healthy Hoops® Kentucky

Darrell Griffith was born on June 16, 1958 in Louisville, KY to Monroe and Maxine Griffith. In 1976, Darrell graduated from Male High School and was listed as the #1 high school player in the nation. He was also the first high school basketball player to be invited to the 1976 Olympic trials and it was during this time that he was offered a professional basketball contract.

In April 1976, University of Louisville Coach Denny Crum signed Darrell Griffith, a 6' 4" guard, who earned the nickname, "Dr. Dunkenstein" for his aerial exploits (notably, his vertical leap of an amazing 48 inches). He led the school to its first NCAA basketball championship in 1980 and became Louisville's career scoring leader by averaging 22.5 points per game. In 1981, Darrell was drafted by the Utah Jazz and played 11 years in the NBA, averaging 16.5 points per game in his career with Utah.

Darrell's connection to the University of Louisville includes graduating with a bachelor's degree in Communications in 1980 and playing basketball for the U of L Cardinals from 1976 to 1980. In addition to being the proud father of four, Darrell is also businessman and Special Assistant to the President at U of L.

Darrell has a long reputation of serving as an advocate for children, which is reflected in his appointment as an Honorary Board Member for STAR, Systematic Treatment of Autism & Related Disorders, and as Honorary Chair of Healthy Hoops® Kentucky.

Darrell has been the recipient of many awards and honors beginning in 1976 when he was selected as College Freshman Basketball Player of the year. In 1980 he was selected as College Basketball player of the year, named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1981, and inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 1996. Darrell was honored at The 100 Black Men of Louisville Luncheon in 2000. In 2003, Yellow Cab, a division of Louisville Transportation Company, began honoring U of L football and basketball legends by numbering their "Cardinal Cabs" with the athlete's number; Griffith was honored with Cardinal Cab #35.

Healthy Hoops® Kentucky Coalition

The collaboration between private organizations, the public sector, community groups, and health care experts is the key to Healthy Hoops® Kentucky success. It creates a strong link between people and organizations whose aim is to better the health of the community, one member at a time.

Darrell Griffith and Kids