Our mission : Hoops4life, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provide boys and girls between the age 10-18 years old with  educational and basketball opportunities in the Naugatuck Valley area, and Watebury,  Connecticut and its surrounding suburban-rural communities. We offer quality, affordable  youth development programs, and we welcome volunteers,so youth can be successful in our global economy. 

The Goal of Hoops4Life is to provide student-athletes with life skills and athletic opportunities. To all program participants, Hoops4Life instills:

Integrity: In all aspects of behavior. The highest sense of integrity shall characterize every aspect of policy, performance and programs.

Leadership: Leadership in individual and team achievements, an intense pride and loyalty and a commitment to “give back” to the community.

Hoops4Life believes in giving student athletes a firm foundation in many individual skills required to be a strong basketball player. Equally important, our staff of volunteer coaches and certified officials teach players to use these skills effectively as a team.

The Hoops4Life program emphasizes teamwork and the building of fundamental skills and character development. Parents have a significant role in the Hoops4Life program. We encourage open communications between parents, the director and coaches, to help ensure that any concerns they may have about their child are appropriately addressed.

Through Hoops4Life we hope to achieve our dream of providing healthy, safe and challenging activities to area youth that will help guide them toward their fullest potential as athletes and as valued citizens of our communities. We want our athletes to enjoy the experience, learn how to be cooperative members of a team and be better people for having been involved in our program.


About our Program:

  • Open to boys & girls ages 10 – 18 who are currently enrolled and attend a grammar, middle or high school in the Greater Waterbury area
  • Program runs in three components – spring, summer, and fall leagues
  • Players of all skill levels are eligible to play
  • structured program with coaches & certified officials
  • 5 divisions with number of teams dependent on registration
  • Games are Monday through Thursday evenings
  • Each team plays no more than 2 games per week
  • Includes an All-Star game, a championship tournament, and uniform T-shirts
  • Players receive meals at each game (summer only)
  • 4 hour volunteer service requirement

About the Director: Deneen Fryer

Deneen Fryer has over 30 years experience in basketball as a player and a coach. Her coaching career began in 1989. Since that time she has served as coach for girl’s basketball teams at Crosby High (Freshman, JV & Varsity) Westover Prep (JV), Kaynor Tech (JV),  Ansonia Middle School and is the current Head Coach of the St.Mary’s Varsity Girls Basketball Team. In addition, she  has volunteered as a basketball coach for Special Olympics, Slamma-Jamma Basketball Camp, CT Starter Camps and PAL AAU Team A certified IAABO Basketball Official since 2003. Deneen is committed to promoting the positive aspects of sports and academics for the youth in the Waterbury area.

Email Deneen Fryer.