With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.
The Bay Area Christian Church (BACC) has been hosting its elite basketball league every summer for over 20 years. Throughout those years, the league has attracted some of the best basketball players around the Bay Area because of its high-level competition and more importantly, its life-changing impact on the players who participate.
In the year 2000, the BACC added a middle school division for its annual ‘hoop league,’ and has seen many of those players go on to play in the adult version of the league. The middle school league games are filled with unparalleled excitement, boundless energy, and great basketball as middle schoolers play their hearts out at San Mateo High School every Sunday. All of the players get the chance build positive relationships with peers and learn to work hard through playing basketball together.
There are countless stories of kids who defied the odds and achieved more than anyone ever imagined as a result of playing in the BACC middle school league. Rhonda Whitney, whose son plays in the middle school league, recalls that when her son was born with autism he had the daunting odds of not being able to participate in competitive sports against him:
I never anticipated that [my son] would play on a sports team, but he’s just having fun and enjoying the friendships. I see how much the guys believe in him and to see that is more than I ever anticipated when the doctor told us he had autism.
There is an undeniably powerful impact that takes place when you combine sports, inclusion, and a focus on building close relationships. And that is exactly what the BACC hoop league provides. Because we believe in a future even brighter than the present, we look forward to the BACC basketball league changing more and more lives around the Bay Area for decades to come.