Providing more opportunity for our youth


“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.” -Magic Johnson

Ignite Basketball Association (IBA – formerly known as Midnight Basketball Association) is a community- and school-based outreach program organized by Spokane Hoopfest Association to help provide more opportunity for our youth in Spokane.

“IBA is our organization’s opportunity to continue to build community right here in Spokane,” says Matt Santangelo, Executive Director of Spokane Hoopfest Association. “We believe in basketball, we believe in teamwork, we believe in the young men and women that participate in our Ignite Basketball Association. Many of these young athletes may not have the opportunity to play basketball in the fall/winter without this programming.”

IBA operates in School District 81, which offers local students in grades 6-8 a chance to play basketball competitively, in a safe and positive environment, for FREE. Many of the young players come from diverse communities with high levels of poverty and crime.

The goal of IBA is to help players build confidence and self-discipline so they are better equipped and prepared for the challenges of their teen years. The league will offer motivational workshops and recreational activities, which will help players learn about teamwork and sportsmanship.

“Through IBA, we create fun and safe basketball for athletes and their families,” explains Matt. “IBA is another proud program of Spokane Hoopfest.”

This FREE league will run October 24 through November 19, 2016. Games are played on Saturdays and begin October 29. Weekly workshops will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday nights, with games scheduled from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. One-hour practices are also held during the week at local middle schools.

Registration deadline is Monday, October 17, so don’t delay!

If you are interested in signing up, please contact Keli Riley at for additional information.

Calling all volunteers!

“Ignite Basketball is entering its 17th year and our volunteer coaches have been a big reason for the success of IBA,” says Chad Smith, Operations Manager of Spokane Hoopfest Association. “Having positive role models who can teach these kids so much more than just the game of basketball is key to the success of our program. Our coaches do not need to have extensive basketball experience, as many of these kids are learning and participating in the game for the very first time. Coaches are needed to lead their team on the Saturday game nights and the weekly practice nights.”

If you are interested in volunteering a few hours a week as a coach, please contact Chad Smith at

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