Hoop Camp is a “unified” basketball extravaganza! Created in 1994, Hoop Camp was designed as an event for all adults and children with a wide range of special needs. In 1996, Hoop Camp pioneered the “unified” concept inviting boys and girls from 6-14 years of age without special needs to attend. This “unified” format is what makes Hoop Camp the best experience your child will have at a sports camp.
Hoop Camp caters to both special needs athletes and “unified” (those without special needs) athletes of all ages and abilities. Many of our special needs athletes have a wide range developmental delays, such as intellectual impairment, autism, down syndrome, angelman syndrome, aspergers, fetal alcohol syndrome, and other cognitive delays. Many of our athletes and participants are on limited budgets and have limited access to sports activities. We offer our camp free of charge to those that need financial assistance or cannot afford to pay. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and are 100% volunteer based. We have no paid staff.
Camp Director, Founder
Steve started this unique camp in 1994 and has been the camp organizer and director since the inception. Steve is a graduate of Aloha High School and has a business degree from the (Harvard of the North) University of Alaska in Anchorage. He attended Idaho State University for 3 years, where he played basketball and received All Big Sky honors before transferring to the University of Alaska. There, he earned his degree and finished up his collegiate basketball career. Upon graduation, he enjoyed a short professional basketball career with stints in Europe and in the US. Steve is married to Lisa and they have 4 children: Hayes, Hannah, Hailey, and Halle. He is self-employed and the owner of Waterhouse Motors, a full service auto dealership. He is also the basketball director at Sunset Athletic Club where he runs the basketball academy training athletes of all ages. He runs and annual basketball camp in Puerto Vallarta Mexico for College and pro basketball players and is also the director of the USA International Basketball Exchange bringing basketball players from around the world to train in Beaverton Oregon.