Church Basketball League celebrates 76 years of getting kids playing

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Greater Fairmont Council of Churches celebrates 76e year of their basketball league.

Children playing in the Greater Fairmont Council of Churches basketball league (Image WBOY)

Every Saturday and Sunday, teams representing different churches in the area compete in a friendly basketball game at the Barnes Learning Center. The league has 11 teams made up of boys and girls.

All the players are in high school, and officials have said that the league is a good way to get kids playing.

“Lots of good ball players,” said league referee Reverend James Saunders of the league kids. “A lot of the kids don’t even know the game, so it gives them the opportunity to go out and learn the game and the classmates ship with each other. Kids on the east side Kids on the west side of the North Marion’s kids are all getting together, it’s awesome.

Saunder and fellow umpires Dave Tucker, Cedric Harbert, Charles Echols, and Jim Tobin are all certified and follow WVSSAC rules.

Some of the churches represented in the league are Life United Methodist Church, The Baptist Temple, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic, H&H Chapel in Meadowdale, Valley Chapel United Methodist, Walnut Grove, Central Nazarene, Covenant, and Cornerstone Church.

A free kick at the Greater Fairmont Council of Churches basketball league game (Image WBOY)

The League Co-Directors are Reverend Dr Allan Copenhagen and Reverend James Saunders. Reverend DD Meighen helps them out with special help from Travis Oates, Director of the Barnes Learning Center, Guardian Tiger Price and Marion County Assistant Superintendent Andy Neptune.

The league ends in March with a double knockout round to crown a champion.

There is also a junior league of 4e at 8e students with 4 churches involved.

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