ABOUT HOOP KID
Hoop Kid is a multifaceted kids brand that supports positive youth development using basketball as a vehicle to teach life skills and inspire personal growth. Our mission is to help build strong well-rounded kids who will become leaders on and off the court.
We produce fun and inspiring graphic t-shirts, middle-grade chapter books, and animated cartoons with positive messages, uplifting stories, and inspiring characters to empower and enrich young lives.
Our books are created to help kids feel more confident and excited about reading and playing games like basketball for fun and to stay mentally, physically, and socially active. Aside from being entertaining Hoop Kid books also reinforce important themes and values such as the importance of courage, teamwork, sportsmanship, respect, responsibility and community. Utilizing a diverse multicultural cast of characters in our stories we can reach out to a broad spectrum of kids from all backgrounds and experiences.
Bernard is a fearless point guard and natural born leader. He is lightning quick, with great court vision and a wicked jump shot. When he's not playing hoops he's either hanging with his friends, building websites or reading and researching on his favorite subjects, history, ancient legends and unsolved mysteries.
Alex is a tenacious defender and high-flying acrobatic scorer. He plays small forward for the Warriors and usually guards the other teams' best scorer. When he's not flying around the court he's defying gravity on his skateboard and grinding the curbs and rails all over Elmdale.
Nina is a super-athletic, super-competitive shooting guard. Nina goes full tilt from the opening tip until the final buzzer. To say she's committed is an understatement. When not playing hoops she is the team's fashionista and aspiring clothing designer with a meticulous eye for detail. She loves shopping for the latest and coolest new styles for her wardrobe and design inspiration.
Julius is a clever, sharp shooting two-guard with a motor that never quits. He relentlessly harasses opponents on defense and leads the Warriors in steals per game. When not playing hoops he's using his brainpower for all-things-technology, as a computer programmer and game designer.
Layla is a tough and smart clutch shooting Point Guard with a killer crossover that's shakes defenders out of their shoes. Off the court, this social butterfly and aspiring journalist likes to float around getting the scoop on what's new and writing on her blog and social media pages.
Maurice is the team's muscle at power forward. He's a banger and bruiser in the paint and a rebounding machine. When he unlaces his hoop kicks he likes to stay under the hood, working on his beloved hot rod, inventing wild new ways to supercharge his classic ride.
Is the tall & lanky, yet cool and collected center for the Warriors. He is a natural born shot-blocker with a unstoppable jump-hook shot. But when Eric steps off the court he's back to his Music. Eric is a musical virtuoso--who can play almost every instrument--and Elmdale's resident DJ for all local events that need a fresh beat.
G5 is Bernard's high-tech, robotic, wisecracking "smart" basketball. He's bouncy, upbeat and always telling jokes. He is the swiss army knife of basketball, equipped with a fun gadget for any situation. He also has a huge database in his memory with information about almost everything.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Hoop Kid founder and creator, Teko Bernard is a creative and passionate designer, author and basketball enthusiast with nearly two decades of experience with sports brand building and creative direction. After an exciting 15 year career working in the Sportswear and Sports Event industries, Teko set out to pursue his lifelong dream of developing and producing original middle grade fiction books, entertainment IPs, and animated digital content for kids and families.