MEET THE SQUAD

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Alex

What made you want to join Hoop Troop? I love to interact with people, entertain, and cheer on the Bucks

What is your favorite hobby? Unicycling

What is your favorite movie? Shrek

What is one thing on your bucket list? To be an actor in a movie.

Who is your favorite singer? Jack Johnson

What is your favorite thing about a Bucks game night? The energy of the fans that brings together a strong community with the inclusive love for basketball!

Which player on the team do you feel you relate to the most? Why? Malcom Brogdon, because I am a young athletic guy who is smart, plays point guard, and knows there is more to life than basketball. With that, he still plays with heart and intensity.

What is something you do on game night as a Hoop Trooper that fans don't know about? I do a headstand in the morning.

What is the best advice you've received? To strive for truth, happiness, and balance.

Do you have a pet? Yes, a dog named blackjack. He is a close companion.

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Azi

Name three things you can’t live without: God, Food and Laughter

Three words that describe you: Spontaneous, Ambitious and Easy-going

What is the most embarrassing song on your IPod? Justin Bieber- "Baby"

What is something people don't know about you? I attended boarding school in London

If you could choose from all Bucks players, current or legends, who would be your starting 5? Ray Allen, Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sam Cassell

Which player on the team do you feel you relate to the most? Why? I feel I relate to Giannis the most because both our parents are Nigerian therefore we would have similar cultural habits.

What is something you do on game night as a Hoop Trooper that fans don't know about? I listen to drake’s “Jump man” to get hyped for the game.

What is the best advice you've received? Always have a good heart and good things will find you.

What is your biggest superstition? I wear African wrist gear on every game night.

What actor/actress would play you in a movie? Will Smith

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Christian

What is the most embarrassing song on your IPod? Fruit Salad - The Wiggles

What is one thing on your bucket list? Climb Mt. Everest

My friends would describe me as: Loyal, Fun, Happy

If your life had a theme song, what would it be? What a wonderful life - Louis Armstrong

What is your favorite thing about a Bucks game night? The fans reactions to Giannis dunking

What’s your favorite thing about Milwaukee? The city spirit

What is your favorite hobby? Go-Kart Racing

What is the best advice you've received? “Just keep swimming” - Dory

What is your biggest superstition? Knocking on wood

What actor/actress would play you in a movie? Liam Hemsworth

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Danielle

What is your favorite movie? Scarface and The Lion King

Three words that describe you: Athletic, Ambitious and Adventurous!

What is one thing on your bucket list? To visit a beach that has black sand and to go sky diving!

What is your dream vacation? Thailand to see Malayan tigers in their natural habitat before they are extinct!

Who is your favorite singer? Michael Jackson

What is your favorite thing about a Bucks game night? Feeling the energy in the building and putting smiles on all fans faces!

What is your most memorable Hoop Troop experience? There are so many! But one of my favs is when we traveled through West Wisconsin on the first ever Bucks Mini Caravan with fellow Rim Rockers and Hoop Troopers!

What’s your favorite thing about Milwaukee? Besides the Bucks, I love being close to Lake Michigan and I love that we hold the largest music festival in the world along with a bunch of other really fun festivals during the summer.

What All Star weekend event would you want to participate in? The 3 PT shooting contest because I have a nice 3 PT shot….. I don't miss!!!

Favorite Quote? Live every day like it's your last.

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Darius

What is your favorite movie? Drumline

Three words that describe you: Fun, Energetic, Charismatic

Who is your role model? My Mom

What is one thing on your bucket list? To Race ATVs In The Desert

What is your dream vacation? Jamaica Mon!

Who is your favorite singer? Me, Of Course

Who is your favorite Bucks player? Michael Beasley

Favorite Quote? Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Fails To Work Hard

If you could have any superpower what would it be? Teleportation!

What actor/actress would play you in a movie? The Young Will Smith

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Gabe

Who is your role model: My Father

My dream vacation: Bahamas

Favorite singer: Chris Brown

My most memorable moment on hoop troop: Halloween Half-time performance

Who would be my starting 5: Brandon Jennings, Ray Allen , Giannis Antetokounmpo, (power forward) Jabari Parker (Center) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Favorite quote: Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard - Kevin Durant

What is something you do as a hoop trooper on game night that fans don't know about: I spray my hair green every night for good luck!!!

The best advice I received: to be assertive when following your dreams

If you can have any superpower what would it be: Invisibility

What actor would play me in a movie: Will Smith

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JP

What’s your favorite thing about Milwaukee? The culture and diversity

Who is your favorite Bucks player? Jabari Parker, throwing down monster dunks and his initials are JP

What is your favorite movie? The Last Samurai

Three words that describe you: TURNT IT UP!

Who is your favorite singer? Taylor Swift

What is your most memorable Hoop Troop experience? The first time everyone chanted "MVP" for Giannis, it was so loud

If you could choose from all Bucks players, current or legends, who would be your starting 5? Giannis, Ray Allen, Jabari Parker, Kareem, & Andrew Bogut!

Favorite Quote? "Act like there's no tomorrow" - JP

What is the best advice you've received? "Live Life to the Fullest"

What actor/actress would play you in a movie? Robert Downy JR...IRON MAN

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Lydia

Name three things you can’t live without: my hone, my car, and my friends

What is the most embarrassing song on your IPod? None, my taste in music is amazing if I do say so myself.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be? Bossy - Kelis

Who is your role model? Michelle Obama

What is one thing on your bucket list? Watching the ball drop in Times Square.

What is your dream vacation? ARUBA!!

Who is your favorite singer? Chris Brown by a landslide...

What is something people don't know about you? I've never seen the Titanic

What’s your favorite thing about Milwaukee? I mean besides the Bucks, I love the food and the summer nights!

What actor/actress would play you in a movie? Gabrielle Union, I love her!

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Mason

Three words that describe you: Lively, Outgoing, and Entertaining!

What is your favorite thing about a Bucks game night? Just being at the arena. The ambiance of the Bradley Center on a game day is so exciting and such an amazing feeling.

What is the most embarrassing song on your IPod? The Campfire Song Song - Spongebob

Favorite Quote? “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.”

What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel to see all MLB and NBA stadiums and arenas

If your life had a theme song, what would it be? Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield

What is your biggest superstition? DO NOT BRING OUT THE “BUCKS WIN” SIGNS BEFORE WE HAVE ACTUALLY WON…

What is something you do on game night as a Hoop Trooper that fans don't know about? I have a tough time choosing which of my many hats to wear for the game. So, that’s a tough process I have to deal with each game.

What is something people don't know about you? I own two sugar gliders. If you don’t know what they are, they are basically flying squirrels.

What is the best advice you've received? Try you hardest, no matter what the task is! Big or small!

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Nakheera

What is your favorite movie? Beauty & the Beast; the way the most ugliest situations can turn into blissful love!

Three words that describe you: Talented, Intelligent, Funny

What is the most embarrassing song on your IPod? Hollaback Girl- Gwen Stefani

Who is your role model? Kayla Macklin; she always steer me right with no hesitation, she's a wonderful person, an Amazing mom, and no one is best at making Chicken alfredo as her!

What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel to the Bahamas and snap a selfie with a dolphin!

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? DANCE!

What is your dream vacation?

Taking a weeklong trip to Jamaica.

Who is your favorite singer? Beyoncé Knowles

Who is your favorite Bucks player? Michael Beasley, the guy has swag on the court, plays with passion, and is a team player.

Favorite Quote? "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice." -Bob Marley

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Rachel

Three words that describe you: Outgoing, Positive, and an Encourager.

What is your most memorable Hoop Troop experience? Ending Golden State’s winning streak.

Who is your role model? My parents. Love them to death.

What is one thing on your bucket list? Skydive….even though the thought of doing it makes me want to vomit.

What is/was your best subject in school? Science! I love to learn about the body and how it works.

What is your dream vacation? Hawaii, so I can surf the waves and learn how to hula dance.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be? “Live Like You Were Dying”-Tim McGraw

What is your favorite thing about a Bucks game night? The atmosphere of both the game and the crowd says it all.

What’s your favorite thing about Milwaukee? All the trendy restaurants, playing volleyball on the beach, and blading along the waterfront!

Favorite Quote? “A person’s a person no matter how small”-Dr. Seuss

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Richard

What is the most embarrassing song on your IPod? Come Clean-Hilary Duff. I am not ashamed.

Who is your role model? Jeremy Lin

What All Star weekend event would you want to participate in? Why? Is this even a question? Vote Richard, Eastern Conference starting lineup

What is one thing on your bucket list? I want to explore the wonders of the world and travel to every continent.

Who is your favorite singer? Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, and of course ALICIA KEYS!

What is something people don't know about you? I won my middle school spelling bee when I was in 7th or 8th grade

What is your most memorable Hoop Troop experience? Probably watching the team beat the Cavs this season

What is your dream vacation? Either Hawaii/Australia, or being with my family in Shanghai

What is something you do on game night as a Hoop Trooper that fans don't know about? The amount of time we devote to folding t-shirts haha! Or the rehearsals we go through to put together halftime shows.

What is the best advice you've received? To be yourself- there's a lot of value in you

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Taylor

What is your favorite movie? Toy Story (All Of Them)

Three words that describe you: Loud, Daring, Goofy

Who is your role model? My Mom because she is something serious She Means Business and I love it

What is your best subject in school? English (I want to teach)

Who is your favorite singer? BEYONCÈ DUHHHHHH SHE COLD WITH THE VOCALS

What is something people don't know about you? I'm terrified of heights

What is your most memorable Hoop Troop experience? THE HOLIDAY HALFTIME PERFORMANCE

Who is your favorite Bucks player? Jabari Parker (Love his humble attitude)

What is your favorite hobby? Dance and, my new favorite, Kickboxing

What is the best advice you've received? Just be yourself and have fun

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Trell

Three words to describe yourself: Energetic, Outgoing, Explorative

What is the most embarrassing song on your IPod: Firework-Katy Perry

What is your most memorable Hoop Troop experience: Our first preseason game in Madison, WI

What is your favorite hobby? Playing basketball

If you could choose from all Bucks players, current or legends, who would be your starting 5? Ray Allen, Giannis, Jabari Parker, Steve Novak, and Kareem.

Which player on the team do you feel you relate to the most? Why? Jabari because we both come from Chicago and he has the mindset of never giving up!

Who is your favorite singer: Chris Brown

What is the best advice you've received? Keep having that eagerness and the willing to learn new things.

What actor/actress would play you in a movie? It would have to be Will Smith.

Do you have a pet? I do have a pet turtle. Her name is Barbb.

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Zach

What is the most embarrassing song on your IPod? A little bit of the Biebs, no shame!!

Who is your role model? Has to be my parents hands down, wouldn't be where I am today without them.

What is one thing on your bucket list? An African safari, number 1 on the list!

What is your favorite thing about a Bucks game night? Getting the crowd hyped up, and solid Bucks win!

What is something people don't know about you? I'm very involved in my church, and did my first missions trip to Mexico this last year!

What is your most memorable Hoop Troop experience? I'd have to say when the Bucks made the playoffs and played the Bulls. Despite the loss, the intensity of the Bradley Center was insane!

What’s your favorite thing about Milwaukee? Milwaukee summers are amazing! With all the festivals, concerts, and lakefront activities it can't get better than that!

What made you want to join Hoop Troop? Being able to make an impact in the community events/games, and being able to bring a smile to Bucks fans faces!

Which player on the team do you feel you relate to the most? Why? I'd have to say John Henson, because he's laid back, very personable, and always funny

Favorite Quote? There's lots to think about, but nothing to worry about!

Hoop Troop is the official interactive hype team of the Milwaukee Bucks. This crew is responsible for fan interaction, live promotions, greeting fans, concourse activities and prize giveaways. They are also involved in events around the community.

AUDITIONS

General Information:

When: Thursday, August 31st | 5:30-10pm
Where: Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center
1201 N 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203


When: Tuesday, September 5th | 5:30-10pm
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center
Parking: FREE parking available the night of auditions at the arena parking structure on the corner of Highland/6th Street.
Attire: Comfortable attire & non-marking sole shoes
Note: Auditions are closed to the public.

Download Waiver Online Application

Qualifications

  • Comfortable performing in front of 18,000 people
  • Outstanding communication skills and a positive, energetic personality
  • Reliable, punctual and courteous
  • Ability to work most if not all 2017-28 Bucks home games, including evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Able to work up to 50+ events out in the community
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • Athletics, cheerleading, dancing break or pep squad background preferred
  • Must have reliable form of transportation

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is being a member of Hoop Troop a full-time job?

    No, it is a paid part-time seasonal opportunity, but, each member is expected to work the majority of games. (At least 30)

  • Do you stay employed by the team after the season ends?

    Yes, the job doesn't end after the season. The organization has a lot of appearances in the community throughout the summer and Hoop Troop members are expected to be available.

  • What is the time commitment like?

    Typically, Hoop Troop arrives two and a half hours prior to tipoff, stays throughout the entire game, and leaves approximately 30 minutes after the game ends. Additionally, Hoop Troop attends events in the community throughout the year. It is encouraged that potential members have a flexible schedule and strong time management skills.

  • What should I wear to auditions?

    Comfortable, athletic-type clothing & tennis shoes with non-marking soles.

  • What do I need to bring to auditions?

    • Completed application
    • Signed waiver
    • Driver's license, or other form of photo identification
  • What will the judges be looking for?

    Judges will be looking for a variety of different characteristics in potential team members; well-rounded performers, people of good character, great personalities, passionate about the Milwaukee Bucks, team players, and above all individuals who will be great amassadors for the Milwaukee Bucks Organization.

  • Are auditions open to the public?

    No, Hoop Troop auditions will be closed to the public, including friends and family members.