Meet our team!
As President, Daniel has taken Hoops with Heart to new heights. Highlights have included bringing the #1 ranked high school basketball team in the nation to Sara Coughlin Elementary School to provide a basketball clinic for the students, and leading the social media campaign that helped Hoops with Heart win the Lakers Youth Foundation’s $5,000 grant in January 2016. This was culminated by Daniel accepting the grant at center court during halftime of a Lakers game. Daniel has also incorporated Girls Soccer and Dance teams into Hoops with Heart's mentoring program and has initiated Hoops with Heart clubs at other schools. He looks forward to continuing to grow Hoops with Heart both in terms of number of children impacted, as well as geographical reach.
Born in Tarzana, California, Ben grew up loving basketball from the very first day his grandpa gifted him a basketball, took him to the park, and taught him how to shoot. He founded Hoops with Heart as a sophomore in high school, envisioning it as an organization that could bring valuable mentorship and sports equipment to children at local underfunded afterschool programs. After capping off his high school basketball career with a state championship, Ben began college at UCLA in the fall of 2015. He continues to play a large role in the leadership of Hoops with Heart, helping organize donation events and enrolling new scholar-athlete mentors.