Students fund literacy through Hoop to Learn tournament

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is proud to be the recipient of funds raised at the Hoop to Learn basketball tournament, which was hosted at the Richmond Oval on Wednesday August 22. Partial proceeds from the tournament were donated to Richmond Public Library to fund literacy resources for students with learning disabilities. On Wednesday August 28, Kate Adams, Head of Children & Family Services, gratefully accepted a $1,000.00 donation on behalf of the library.

The tournament was the brainchild of Michael Jakac-Sinclair and Mahtab Singh Gill, who launched Open Doors BC Educational Society in 2018, with a goal of raising funds to improve learning experiences for students with learning disabilities. This year’s tournament was very successful, with 22 teams registering and 88 athletes participating in the day-long event.

The library will use the donated funds to purchase a variety of resources, all specifically aimed at supporting students with diverse learning styles. The new collections will be purchased and catalogued later this fall, and will be available for all to come and explore at the Brighouse branch.

“With access to the right resources, students can become empowered through their abilities and gain the confidence to fulfil their potential and passions,” says Jakac-Sinclair and Gill.

To find out more about the Hoop to Learn tournament or the Open Doors BC Educational Society, please visit