The Will Hoole Memorial Trophy will return for its second year this Wednesday night to remember the life of the late Will Hoole.
The Bulleen Boomers and Keysborough Cougars will meet at East Doncaster Secondary College Stadium where their Division One Men’s teams will compete in Round 6 of the 2021 Big V season while paying tribute to their former teammate and friend, Will Hoole, who passed away in March of 2018.
Bulleen representative Craig Davidson said the memorial round holds great significance for the Bulleen basketball community and all that knew Hoole.
“The Hoole family are synonymous with all that is Bulleen,” said Davidson. “Will was just a beautiful soul who lived for his basketball and his family.
“He chose another path on March 19, 2018, and both his family and the Club wanted to do something to honour Will, but also to raise awareness in the community.”
With support from the Keysborough Cougars and Big V, Will Hoole’s father Glenn Hoole and eldest brother Chris Hoole drove the initiative of a dedicated round and trophy in the name of his son.
On April 24, 2019, the Will Hoole Memorial Trophy was born.
“The idea came from the family that approached Keysborough and Bulleen and, naturally, both Clubs jumped on board,
“For what it’s worth, I’ve known the Hoole family for over 10 years so, for a fledgling Big V commissioner at the time, it was something that just needed to be done.”
The inaugural game drew a crowd close to 600 people and raised over $2500.00 in aid of Australia’s non-profit suicide prevention organisation ‘R U OK?’.
The second annual Will Hoole Memorial Trophy will support ‘R U OK?’ again to remind everyone about the importance of mental health.
“COVID-19 robbed us of the second annual memorial round in 2020 but I guess it’s just made the 2021 round even more special,” said Davidson.
“Our Junior Championship (VJBL) program are also getting behind it and our Under-18.2’s and Under–18.3’s will be holding an exhibition match at 6:30pm. Jack Hoole, Will’s younger brother will be a part of this also as we expect between 450 and 550 attendees.”
Davidson and Bulleen Basketball are encouraging all to get involved in this tribute by donating to ‘R U OK?’ and attending the mid-week Round 6 game on Wednesday night.
(UPDATE: Bulleen Boomers successfully raised over $2,100.00 in aid of R U OK?)
“The classic scene from ‘Steel Magnolias’ when Sally Field’s character states that a parent should not have to bury a child,
“Whilst it was not through the same circumstances as Will’s death, I buried my first-born daughter and I understand, somewhat, the Hoole family’s grief.
“I empathise with them but admire them more.”
In holding the second annual Will Hoole Memorial Trophy, Bulleen wish to remind everyone how important it is to ask those around you “R U OK?”
By starting a conversation, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.