Former Humboldt State student-athletes aim to inspire the next generation

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ARCATA, Calif. (KIEM) – Roughly two percent of high school student-athletes receive athletic scholarships to compete in college, that’s according to the National College Athlete Association.

More specifically, less than four percent of high school basketball players receive scholarships.

So, it’s safe to say that receiving a scholarship is not easy. For two former Humboldt State University basketball players, “not easy” was an understatement.

Kameron Curl and Madeline Hatch started ‘Four Percent Hoops’ less than a month ago, a business committed to helping young basketball players join that four percent.

Curl, a leading scorer in Fort Worth, Dallas was voted to First Team All-District by the end of his senior year. However, he only received interest from one Division III school. Curl let go of his dreams and turned to a nine to five customer representative position.

Hatch, a player on a two time high school championship team who spent over a year in rehabilitation after two separate ACL tears to the same knee, by the age of 18.

Two outstanding players that loved the game of basketball, but wondered if they would ever get the chance to play at the next level.

Whether it’s uncertainty, a lack of recruiting knowledge, inevitable obstacles or even grades, Curl and Hatch aim to provide the next generation of basketball players with the knowledge, inspiration and connections they need to accomplish their dreams.

“They both have their own stories,” Humboldt State University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Michelle Bento-Jackson said. “As far as their path and their journey, as far as they got to, in our case, Humboldt State and to be able to have the opportunity to play at a four-year school. I think they have a little bit more of an understanding and appreciation for the process.”

Just one niche that Four Percent Hoops has already accomplished: featuring a high school or junior college basketball player on their Instagram page every week to help players share their story and gain recognition.

With hundreds of hours invested into a business that is less than a month old, Curl and Hatch have already reached an excess amount of platforms and players that believe in Four Percent Hoops.

Anyone interested in learning more about Four Percent Hoops, or contacting Curl and Hatch can head to their website: http://fourpercenthoops.com/