Shorter University dean stars in ESP Big Hoops charity basketball game


ROME, Ga. — Dr. Heath Hooper, dean of the College of Business at Shorter University, recently starred in the Extra Special People (ESP) Rome Big Hoops charity basketball game.

ESP exists to create transformative experiences for people with disabilities and their families, helping change communities for the better. Each year, the group hosts a game called “Big Hoops,” where they get the community involved. They pick key groups in Rome to compete to help raise money for their initiatives.

Dr. Hooper was asked to participate in this year’s game and played on the Entrepreneur team alongside other Rome community members. Hooper was voted MVP of his team because of his outstanding fundraising efforts for ESP.

“Thank you to ESP Rome and Katie Edwards, for asking me months ago to be a part of this amazing night. I never knew the impact that I or we, as a team, could make,” said Dr. Hooper. “I am so blessed and thankful for this opportunity and the joy it brought to so many at the Big Hoops event. Thank you to Shorter University for being an event sponsor and supporting me as a participant. I cannot wait to see how I and our Shorter University College of Business students can become more involved.”

Shorter University was a proud sponsor of this event. Dr. Hooper will be meeting with the staff of ESP Rome in the coming weeks to begin creating a partnership that will enable our Shorter University College of Business students a chance to serve as mentors, big buddies, and volunteers at future events.