Purple Basketball Nets Symbolize Bond Between Brothers

Blog / March 21, 2017

Across Vancouver, there are hundreds of basketball hoops without nets, and hundreds of kids without positive role models. So, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver launched the Purple Net Project, an initiative that unites Big and Little Brothers through basketball by hanging purple nets across the city – a tall task that takes two to accomplish.

Nets were hung across various communities, one net for each child who is waiting for a Big Brother. “Currently, there’s a two-year wait list of children in areas of Greater Vancouver looking for Big Brothers – most of whom have been waiting so long that they are at risk of never being able to get a Big Brother at all,” says Valerie Lambert, Executive Director at Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.

“These children are in their formative years, and could really benefit from a Big Brother as they go through adolescence. The goal of the Purple Net Project is to show that the role of a Big Brother isn’t daunting. Doing simple activities like shooting hoops or learning to solve problems, like how to hang a net together, is all it takes. But the connections built through the program have a life-changing impact on both Big and Little Brothers alike.”

Adults looking to make a difference can sign up to become a Big Brother by visiting purplenetproject.ca. To date, 100 purple nets have been sent out across the city and, with the support of #SwishinMission, will hang like flags as a symbol of the relationships formed through Big Brothers.


See how the purple nets have been passed around the web: