BY taking to the basketball court in the middle of Helping Hoops' 24-hour charity shootout, the Sunbury Jets have played a major part in the fund-raiser.
The shootout had participants taking turns to shoot free throws for 24 hours to raise money for Helping Hoops, which runs free basketball programs and school visits for disadvantaged and those with intellectual disability across Melbourne.
Helping Hoops' Adam McKay said the team was on hand during the early hours of Sunday, after it had played its Big V match the night before.
He said Helping Hoops raised more than $5000 to help run further programs.
"The boys showed just how it is done with the overall shooting percentage for the event receiving a boost.
"Several players also dug deep and assisted with the fund-raising efforts through personal sponsorship - money out of their own pockets."
He said that Helping Hoops were looking at expanding the program.
Jets coach Mike Spears, who is part of the program, said he would like to introduce it in Sunbury and Hume.
"I would love to bring it out here. We could always do with more activities like this in the area."