I know, I know, you’re up to your ears in Kickstarter emails from photographers, and I feel you, I really do. But this one is different. My little sister, Cara, is part of a group called the New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA), based in Boston. That’s them above (Cara is the cute one in the orange scarf). NCAA designs and makes basketball nets and installs them on public courts across the country where nets are missing. Here’s a pic of a net Cara designed.
NCAA doesn’t just design, make, and install nets. They also lead youth workshops, teaching people to make their own nets. Here’s Cara leading a finger-knitting workshop for a group of guys from the Cushing House in Boston. According to Cara, “We each made a strand of knitting, we tied these strands together into a net, and then we installed the net in South Boston and played some bball. It was a ton of fun.”
NCAA has designed a net pattern workbook, which they’ll use to lead more workshops and distribute so other people, all around the world, can make their own nets. They’re over halfway to their goal of $10,000, which is fantastic, but the deadline is December 9. If this group of wild and crazy kids who like to knit and crochet and shoot hoops sounds like a group you can get behind, I hope you’ll throw a little love their way. Every little bit helps, so even if you can only donate $10, you’ll be making a difference.
To find out more about the project, click here. And to see spreads from the book, click here.