“Family. Hoopfest is a family.” That’s what keeps long-time volunteer, Adam Jackson, coming back each year to Hoopfest. Adam has been with Hoopfest from the very beginning, making this his 31st year with the organization. He credits his dad for getting him started.
“I began tagging along with my dad at the very first event and have been helping ever since,” Adam said. Dave Jackson, Adam’s father, is one of Hoopfest’s founding board members. Adam is thankful for his dad for helping him understand what it means to give back to the community.
“I cut my teeth working on the site team,” said Adam recalling his start with volunteering at Hoopfest. Adam thinks of his first experiences at Hoopfest as “working in the boneyard before the event.” Adam was an instrumental player in getting courts ready for play: replacing nets, tightening rims, checking backboards, and delivering items necessary items like chairs, tables, and pads to the Hoopfest courts.
Since then, Adam has taken on a new role.
“The past 6 years I have been a member of the Operating Committee where I oversaw the contest and festival activities,” said Adam. However, keeping it in the family, Adam recently handed those duties to his sister, Arianne Johnson.
Adam is still a member of the Hoopfest Operating Committee. He now oversees the shut down of Hoopfest on Friday and reopening the streets on Sunday. Adam is delighted that there are now three Jacksons on the Operating Committee – his father, his sister, and himself. To them, Hoopfest is a family affair.
In reflection, Adam said, “Fast forward 25 years, now I have my own kids tagging along with me, learning how to give back.,” said Adam. He is very excited about sharing the magic of Hoopfest and giving back to the community with them – just like his dad did for him in the early years of Hoopfest.
“For me, Hoopfest is all about family,” said Adam.
If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering with the Hoopfest family go visit us at https://www.spokanehoopfest.net/volunteer/