Welcome to HoopsFest!
The Joshua House Ministry
Joshua House's focus is helping youth figure out what they were created to do in life. Just as Joshua led the Israelites out of the wilderness, wandering aimlessly, and into their 'Promised Land' of hope and future, that is exactly what we want to do. Founder Jim Kilmartin says "When I started Joshua House back in 1998, I would talk with young person after young person and see a lack of direction and hope for their lives. God placed a passion in my heart to pick up this mantle that Joshua carried and help lead the younger generations in finding out what their purpose is for their lives."
Today we continue to reach out to young people and help develop them in their pursuits in life. We want to assist them in becoming contributors and leaders in their families, schools, careers and society.
Joshua House is a place where people can find their destiny in Jesus Christ through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Knowing that the presence of God changes lives, we seek to be a catalyst in bringing this generation into God’s life-changing presence. ~ Jim Kilmartin, Founder & Director
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Call Us: (814) 684-2032
Email Us: info@JoshuaHouse.com
Address: 926 Logan Ave, Tyrone, PA 16686
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm
The History of HoopsFest
HoopsFest started during the summer of 2001 with 15 teams playing in a parking lot. Over the next couple of years, it grew modestly until the event found its niche on the 3rd Saturday in July. The community members and Borough of Tyrone have been extremely supportive as HoopsFest has grown into one of the largest 3-on-3 tournaments in the Northeast.
How did we get started? Jim and Jessica Kilmartin were sitting around their living room with a group of friends thinking about ideas to help impact the community of Tyrone and the idea of a 3-on-3 tournament arose. Annually, it brings in over 250 teams, 1000 players and approximately 5000 into downtown Tyrone. In 2016, players came from 9 different states to participate which was a record.
HoopsFest uses 150-200 volunteers to make it a success. Over 100 sponsors are key to fundraising for the expanding efforts of Joshua House. In 2016, Joshua House purchased and began renovations of the Tyrone National Guard Armory. The vision for the Joshua House Armory is that it will be a hub for the Tyrone community and a regional hub for youth all over central PA.