Hoop Dreams and the Gift of Sharing 

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Hoop Dreams from yerdle on Vimeo.

Through the simple act of sharing, we can often play a significant role in each other's lives. This story about Rochelle and a young family reminds us of the power of sharing and why we feel so lucky we get to do the work that we do here at yerdle HQ.

Rochelle is 27 and lives in San Francisco - her parents had bought her a basketball hoop 18 years earlier when she was a middle school tomboy. She fantasized about being the first female player for the Chicago Bulls, and used the hoop to practice almost every day, eventually making the girl’s varsity basketball team.

After Rochelle grew up and moved away from home, the hoop remained largely untouched (cue sad music from “Toy Story”). Her dad had talked about getting rid of the hoop for years but he didn’t know how, and it was a nice symbol of the good times he shared with his daughter before she grew up and moved to San Francisco.

When Rochelle saw Tanya’s post on yerdle a few months ago asking if anyone had a basketball hoop they were willing to part with, she knew she had found the perfect home for a beloved childhood toy that was now gathering dust in her parents’ backyard. Tanya is the mother of a four-year-old boy who came home from school one day and told her that he couldn’t play with his friends anymore because they had started playing basketball, but he didn’t know how to play.

“When I saw Tanya’s post, I knew I had to get the basketball hoop to her,” said Rochelle.

After a bit of elbow grease to remove the hoop from her parent’s garage wall, and meeting up with Tanya, the hoop officially had a new life. Since becoming the proud owner of the hoop, Tanya has been sending Rochelle texts about how much the hoop has transformed the shared courtyard in her apartment complex. It has become a gathering place for her son’s friends and neighbors, who come over frequently to play hoops. Now her son loves “working on his moves,” in the courtyard so he can show off in front of his friends at school.

“The last text she sent me said, ‘You made a huge difference to our family by passing along your basketball hoop,’ ” said Rochelle. This experience has been Rochelle’s favorite yerdle exchange this far, and it’s easy

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Thanks Rochelle for sharing this heartfelt story!