Sports enthusiasts of all ages are set to be blown away. 360 Shooter is a new multi-sport training tool that allows players to practice and play MULTIPLE SPORTS, including but not limited to basketball, football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, frisbee, hockey, and more. The father-son duo is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for their enthusiastic project.
Coach Don Loperena, current high school student Reid Narciso, and Randy Narciso (Reid’s father) are on a mission to help youths, athletes, coaches, and families improve their overall health and exercise programs by playing and practicing multiple sports on their new 360 Shooter goal. 360 Shooter is a new goal that doesn’t have a backboard, offers a 360-degree playing area, and supports multiple sports including but not limited to basketball, baseball, football, lacrosse, hockey, and soccer. “Until things get back to normal, 360 Shooter can help everyone be more active and play more sports, reducing the stress levels for everyone,” said Coach Don Loperena, Co-Founder of 360 Shooter. “We want all students and athletes to get outside and play. We launched our Indiegogo campaign on 8/24, in loving memory of Kobe Bryant.”
Children’s lives have been turned upside down by the novel Coronavirus that started in March 2020. With school campuses being closed, playdates being canceled, and youth sports and recreation activities halted, children’s routines are anything but routine. Students are being forced to spend hours and hours online via remote learning, with limited time spent outside. This is impacting the mental and emotional state of our youths. 360 Shooter looks to encourage sports play by allowing youths and athletes the ability to practice and play MULTIPLE SPORTS, including but not limited to basketball, football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, frisbee, hockey, and more.
The coach and father-son duo came together in March 2020, right when the home lockdown restrictions were enforced. Coach Don has coached Reid in several basketball camps and clinics and worked with Randy in other entrepreneurial projects. Reid, an avid basketball player, was getting tired of staying indoors. Reid simply wanted to practice his shooting in preparation for the upcoming high school basketball season, where Reid plays basketball for Notre Dame High School. “All of the sporting goods stores were closed and online shipping times were over 4 weeks,” said Reid Narciso. “I asked my dad to buy a new goal, but instead of buying a portable goal, we designed the initial prototype of 360 Shooter. I calculated all of the angles and lengths of the poles since I was taking Geometry at the time. I never thought I would ever use the Pythagorean Theorem in real life, but I used it multiple times to get exact measurements of the 360 Shooter.”
The 360 Shooter team originally planned to submit an application to Shark Tank but decided against that option as they would have to give up significant equity in the company. Instead, they launched an Indiegogo campaign on 8/24, in memory of Kobe Bryant. “With your support and backing, we believe we can reach our Indiegogo campaign goal and bring the 360 Shooter to market,” said Randy Narciso. “If we hit our campaign goal of $150,000, we will donate a percentage of our profits to the MambaONThree fund, which was established in honor and support of the seven other victims involved in the tragedy that occurred on January 26, 2020.”
The 360 Shooter is built on a triangular steel base that holds 3 x aluminum telescoping poles in place. A basketball rim is mounted on top of the poles, allowing a user to adjust the rim height from 7 feet to 10 feet. One unique feature of the product is the industrial-strength clamping system that keeps the rim stable and sturdy. It only takes a few minutes for a user to set up the 360 Shooter and another few minutes to break it down and pack it in the trunk of a car. “My school needs 5 of these units. We can not only play basketball but with the flexible net options, but also play multiple sports including whiffle ball, frisbee, hockey, lacrosse, and other sports,” said Don Loperena. “Storage is a huge issue for PE teachers. We can bring multiple units out and set them up so easily. When we are done, we can break them down and store them in a compact area.”
360 Shooter can transform gyms and facilities by simply adding multiple units for students and athletes to enjoy. “More goals, equals more shots, equals more repetitions, equals more productivity. With 360 Shooter, you can play hoops and other sports anywhere you go. You can setup the goal and nets on any surface, whether it be indoors on the hardwood or outdoors on concrete, asphalt, grass, artificial grass, sand, and dirt.” The 360 Shooter is perfect for family fun, get-togethers, camping trips, parties, picnics, and beach trips.
For more information on the product, the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and to pre-order, be sure to visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/360-shooter-nothin-but-net#/ and https://www.360shooter.net.
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