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The Hooperverse Youth Basketball League

About the Hooperverse Youth Basketball League

Co-Founded by Nico Mannion, Cameron Katal, and Jeremy Koven, the Hooperverse is a Youth Basketball League for boys, girls, and non-binary children between grades K-8th. Based in San Luis Obispo County, California, and the winter season of the league will take place on weekends from November 12th 2022 - February 19th 2023. Our motto is "any child can play, whether or not they can pay."

Scholarships are available to help pay for league fees.

*Any parent who would like to fill out a scholarship application may do so HERE . Filling out a form doesn't guarantee a scholarship.

We are here to provide opportunities for children to play organized, league basketball, learn life skills, create friendships, and for parents and caregivers to experience the joy that comes with seeing their kids grow and develop.

Our league is meant to be a source of fun and enjoyment for the community’s youth, while building character and self-esteem. We strive to teach life lessons that will have value beyond the basketball court.

About Nico Mannion

Niccolò "Nico" Mannion (born March 14, 2001) is an Italian-American professional player who was  selected with the 48th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2020 NBA draft hosted on November 18, 2020. He attended Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the top point guards in the 2019 class. In high school, he picked up offers from several major NCAA Division I programs, including Duke and Villanova, but ended up committing to Arizona.

Nico's is also an entrepreneur and a co-founder of the Hooperverse Youth Basketball League. His goal is to provide opportunities for children to have fun while being around the game of basketball all while they learn life lessons, create friendships, and learn what it means to be apart of a team. Along with Cheyenne Parker, Nico will be creating helpful video for the kids of the league to help them with their basketball and life skills.

Jeremy Koven

About Jeremy Koven

Jeremy David Koven is a third generation youth sports entrepreneur. In 1969 his grandparents founded Offense-Defense Sports Camps with one instructional football camp. The business expanded nationally, under his family's 30+ years of leadership to include tennis, golf and basketball. Offense Defense has been in business for over 50 years.

Following in his family's footsteps while paving his own way, The Hooperverse Youth Basketball League embodies an environment that fosters life-skills including: teamwork, fair play, respect, community service, family values, having fun and hard work.


About Cheyenne Parker

Cheyenne Parker (born August 22, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).   After graduating from Southwest Guilford High School, Parker enrolled at High Point University. She played for the women's basketball team from 2010 to 2013.In 2014, Parker transferred to Middle Tennessee State University, where she put up college career-high numbers in scoring and shooting percentage. Parker was then drafted 5th overall in the 2015 WNBA draft by the Chicago Sky.

Cheyenne has always made an impact on and off the court, helping children however she can.  Cheyenne partnered with the Hooperverse Youth Basketball League to do just that, she will be along side all the kids in the league with videos and encouraging messages to help them through their basketball career and life. 

Stefanie Figone

About Stefanie Figone

Although a San Francisco Bay Area Native, Stefanie has called the Central Coast her home for the last 20 years. She attended Cuesta College and spent most of her time in the Children’s Center acquiring her Early Childhood Education Certificates. She went on to earn her B.A in Liberal Arts at the university of LaVerne and pursued a career as an Elementary school teacher. Now, with a family of her own, she prides herself on community involvement especially where her own children are included. Her background in working with the youth has led her to The Make the Pass Foundation and the Hooperverse Youth Basketball League.

Michael Penfield

About Michael Penfield

Michael is the CEO of a multidisciplinary management consulting firm with a targeted focus on sports business development and strategy. He offer strategic advice and guidance to some of the world’s biggest and most ground breaking players in business. His expertise and partnership transform data into actionable insights that inform, enable and empower an organization's critical business decisions. Together, Michael and the Hooperverse Youth Basketball League are creating a safe and fun environment where families can see their child grow on and off the court. 

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About Cameron Katal

Cameron Katal is the COO of the Hooperverse and Vice President of the Hooperverse Youth Basketball League. Cameron Attended Pinnacle High School where he met teammate and Hooperverse co-founder Nico Mannion. Cameron Played with the highly decorated Arizona Factory, a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Kenny Mullins which has helped over 150+ kids earn division 1s scholarships. Through his experiences and learning from the best players and coaches in the country Cameron's has gained insightful knowledge that he uses to help hoopers around the world.

Cameron's goal is to be of service to the youth and help them with their skills on the court but also off the court. He believes that by creating a fun environment that encourages learning and curiosity and child will be able to achieve their dreams and more.

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The Hooperverse Youth Basketball League

173 Cross St, Suite 200
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Phone : 805-536-2777
Email : [email protected]
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