In 1968, the Salvation Army Basketball Association (SA) was born on the Coca-Cola Courts at Thebarton, continuing for 50 years until The Salvation Army ceased their involvement in June 2018. The competition continued last year at the Titanium Security Arena under the name ‘Monday Night Church Basketball’ with guidance and support from Basketball SA.
In 2019, the competition moved to the St Clair Recreation Centre and changed our name to ‘Westside Church Basketball’. The opportunity to play basketball on Monday nights at a new six-court venue and to partner with the newly formed Westside Basketball Association (in developing basketball in Adelaide’s western suburbs) and YMCA South Australia (as centre managers) was too good an opportunity to pass up and we are truly excited about what the future might bring.
We want to take a moment to express our appreciation to everything the Titanium Security Arena have done for us. They gave us a home when Athol Park closed in 1998, and their support over the past 20 years has been more than we could’ve ever asked for. To Kim and her team, we say thank you.
Similarly, we say a big thanks to Basketball SA. When our competition needed help, they answered and have been a wonderful support over the past six months. We may not be here today without their assistance. To Phil, Mike and their team, we say thank you.
So how does this change church basketball on Monday nights?
We leave you with the words of Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
What a wonderful past 50 years of competition, and we look forward with hope to what will no doubt be an amazing next 50 years of Jesus, community and basketball. God is good!
Written by James Smith (President) on behalf of the Westside Church Basketball Executive