My Experience In Paying Forward; Hoop For Hope Charity Basketball Game

I woke up this morning a different man… A better man…And a more focused individual. With these new feelings, I will continue to push the limits of what people expect and what people deem possible. Yesterday I hosted the first annual Quantum Leap Fitness “Hoop For Hope” charity basketball game at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club in Queens, New York. A 6 team tournament made up of ball players, rappers, bloggers, trainers and even just people who supported the cause. I want to take this time to let my mind unwind and thank everyone involved.


While the national anthem was sung before the tip off of the first game, I looked into the crowd and realized that I am changing the world. I looked at the faces of all these people: friends, family, and strangers and I felt overwhelmed with the level of support this event got and felt how this moment will change people forever. “Aspire to inspire” might be the best phrase to describe the feeling I was overcome by. And to that point, I promise to keep doing my part to push the culture forward and bring us together for a cause that will be forever bigger than us. The Devon Still Pldgt Foundation and Uplifting Athletes Organization are merely the tip of the iceberg. We, at Quantum Leap Fitness, are proud to raise awareness for these two causes and vow to tackle even more issues in hopes of doing our part to create change.


I first want to start off by thanking robin from The and her continued support and guidance throughout this event. She helped make this possible as a sponsor who helped QLF go above and beyond in this event. I would also like to thank Naturade for supplying the crowd with protein shakes and information about their healthy products, the New York Knicks for their, Devon Livingston of Lose-N-Tone Fitness and last but not least, PUSH for their involvement in yesterday’s phenomenal event.


None of this would be possible without the support of all the friends, family and others in attendance. For that, I am forever indebted. Every person who came to yesterday’s event did their part in creating a healthier world. Whether they donated $50, $10, or even $1, the contributions to these charities are appreciated. Every day, we wake up and want to be better than we were the day before and with your help yesterday. we showed that we can and will strive to always do more. This event showed that we can actually make a difference.

I also want to take time out to thank everyone who played in yesterday’s charity event. While only one team could be crowned the “2014 champions of the Hoop for Hope” charity basketball game, in so many ways, we all won. 36 players took the court to have fun whether they were “good” at the sport or not. This showed that the cause was bigger than their ego. I thank you for not being scared to put yourself out there for a good cause. Also, S/O to Terrence and his team for winning this years event ! Really proud of him and his guys!


Once again, I couldn’t thank you guys and gals enough.


Sincerely, Irving Hyppolite
Founder and chief of Quantum Leap Fitness, blogger, motivational speaker, certified personal trainer… a kid from Brooklyn who dreams Big!



  1. […] If you know me personally, then you know that I’ve always been committed to pushing our culture forward. So for the past eight years, across New York State and at one of the nation’s premiere gyms, I’ve used my expertise as an athlete and certified personal trainer to help hundreds of clients meet their weight management and athletic performance goals. Last year, I successfully launched this blog and #QLFGivesBack […]

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