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Ignite Basketball Association (IBA)


IBA (formerly known as Midnight Basketball Association) is a community and school-based outreach program that offers a safe, constructive alternative for area youth in grades 6, 7 and 8. The goal is to strengthen participants’ character, self-esteem and discipline so they are better equipped and prepared for the challenges of their teen years and beyond. This youth basketball program targets the population within the central urban neighborhood of Spokane’s School District No. 81. While basketball is the foundation of this league, the motivational workshops and recreational activity are also crucial elements. IBA has a need for volunteer coaches. This is a great way to spend a few hours a week making a difference in kids’ lives, while having fun. If you would like to coach a team we’d love to have you! Email Chad Smith for more details.

Spokane Hoopfest’s Charitable Donations

Charity and remaining active in the community has been a part of our core from the beginning. Since 1990, Hoopfest has built over 30 community outdoor basketball courts in the region and donated over $1.6 million to local, charitable organizations, including Special Olympics – our primary beneficiary; community centers and various youth sports and learning programs.

The recipients of Hoopfest’s Charitable Donations include:

  • Special Olympics East Region – Primary Beneficiary
  • Chase Youth Commission
  • East Central Community Center
  • Libby Teen Center
  • Mobius Science Center
  • Salvation Army
  • Spokane Area Outdoor Basketball Court Program
  • Spokane Parks and Recreation Department
  • Spokane Sports Commission
  • St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute
  • YMCA
  • YWCA
  • West Central Community Center

Community Outdoor Courts built-to-date

Throughout the region, we have helped to build several community courts accessible to hoopers of all ages. Hoopfest continually monitors the conditions of these courts over the years to ensure they’re ready to be used by Hoopfesters. Check out the interactive map below to see all our built courts. 

Eric Fox Memorial Fund

In July 2014, the Fox family suffered a tremendous loss in losing a husband and father, Eric. It is now the family’s desire to set up a fund to benefit the Ignite Basketball Association in Eric’s memory.

Fox was a Gonzaga University alumnus who was a control engineer and co-owner at Applied Solutions in Spokane. He was active in the lives of his boys and coached both youth basketball and baseball. Additionally, Fox refereed high school basketball games in the area for 20 years and was a member of the Washington Officials Association.

He left behind a family, a love for the game of basketball and a legacy of community contribution. Thus, the Fox family has selected to start a new fund, the Eric Fox Memorial Fund, which is to benefit the Ignite Basketball Association, a community- and school-based outreach program of Spokane Hoopfest Association and Spokane AAU Basketball Club that offers a safe, constructive alternative for area youth. Until this point, the league has been unable to fund paychecks for referees who work on behalf of IBA; the Fox fund will make this possible. Any additional monies will also benefit the larger IBA organization.

To donate to the Eric Fox Memorial Fund, please:

1) Make out a check to Spokane Hoopfest Association
2) Send it to:
421 West Riverside | Suite 115 
Spokane, WA 99201

Spokane Hoopfest Association is a Washington non-profit corporation and tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.


Spokane Hoopfest Association makes annual charitable donations to support organizations and activities, which foster athletics by encouraging participation amongst all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

A detailed statement addressing the intended use of the requested funds and a copy of an organization’s IRS 501(c)3 determination letter must be included in the proposal. Please contact Keli if you have additional questions.

Organizations chosen to receive funding from Hoopfest will be notified by December 31 and provided with their gifts in either a single allocation or through periodic payments.

All funding requests must be in the office or submitted online by October 15 of each year.

If submitting proposals by mail, they should be mailed to:

Spokane Hoopfest
421 W. Riverside | Suite 115
Spokane, WA 99201