Why ABCD’s ‘Hoop Dreams’ is such an important event

You grew up around here and you are a basketball fan. You might have played high school basketball, maybe even some college. At the very least you cherish those three-on-three or four-on-four games at the local Y. And when you’ve gone to TD Garden and seen the banners and the parquet floor, you’ve fantasized about what it would be like to play there.

Well, you can.

What you need is the right boss.

You need a community-minded boss at your place of work, one who will pick up the phone and call Liz McCarthy at 617-348-6244 and say, “I just heard about ABCD ‘Hoop Dreams’ at the Garden and I want to sponsor a team.”

What is ABCD, you say? Action for Boston Community Development is a vital organization that has been serving the entire Boston community — and by “entire” I mean every section of the city, regardless of race or origin, as well as every age group from toddler to centenarian — for more than 60 years. The stated mission is to secure what it calls a “pathway out of poverty.” It begins with the Head Start program and continues through the Foster Grandparent program, among other elderly services.

Among the myriad programs are those involving fuel assistance, water assistance, energy conservation, housing needs (including helping to prevent foreclosure and eviction), legal services for the poor, and a variety of youth services such as Summer Works, where low-income youth get paid positions at nonprofit organizations, and Work Smart, which provides year-round academic support, career-readiness assistance, mentoring, and a supervised internship.