2014 CENTRAL CHURCH BASKETBALL
Beyond the Numbers
By the numbers alone, the Participation and Fellowship that the Central Basketball program has provided, was a huge success. We had a total of 131 players, spread across 5 age groups that made up the 13 Central teams. For those curious – the breakdown per age group is 8-Under- 5 teams and 48 players; 10-U - 3 teams with 29 players; 12-U – 2 teams with 26 players; 14-U – 1 team with 10 players; And 18 U - 2 teams with 18 players.
Some more numbers: These teams combined to win 2 playoff championships by the 14-Under and 18 Under- Team A. And 3 regular season titles by the 14U, and 18U Team B; along with an 8U- team being the season runners up.
These teams were coached by 27 excellent and dedicated volunteer coaches and assistants. Each team consisted of 6 to 10 Central members combined with at least 2 non-member teammates, from at least 5 other churches and denominations.
These are all great numbers. But looking beyond the numbers, we see what makes Central Basketball a great experience. It is simply the opportunity to play in a great Christian environment. We have a fun and successful program due to the church support, the parent support, and the great family atmosphere we all provide. This friendly vibe can be felt at every level. It is felt at the games and facilities that the Ebenezer Church graciously provides. It is felt in the Central gym at the church practices that the families and Coaches provide. And it is seen and felt at the banquet that Linda Segars, the Church staff, and the Congregation provides. All of us involved are rewarded by the fact that this diverse group of young players and their families choose to join our fellowship at Central, to pray and play together, for our teams, and as one family under God.
When I was first approached to write a quick article to recap the Central Basketball season for the Church, I thought it would be super easy. Just tell how many kids participated and which teams won their age groups and so on. But the real story is about the Kids enjoying themselves and the opportunities that the Church Basketball program has provided for them to play and worship together. The long reaching impact goes far beyond the numbers.
-- Ken Folse