Bring­ing young adults to­gether through bas­ket­ball

Bas­ket­ball Ath­letic League Lounge holds first tour­na­ment

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Rebecca Blan­chard rblan­chard@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @boy­er­town­times on Twit­ter

A few months ago, Ron­nie Ack­ley and his part­ner Adie Wyn­ter launched a bas­ket­ball com­pany, Bas­ket­ball Ath­letic League Lounge (BALL) with the goal of bring­ing young adults in the com­mu­nity to­gether through the sport of bas­ket­ball.

“I’ve al­ways played bas­ket­ball,” said Ack­ley, ex­plain­ing how he uses Face­book to find out about or an­nounce pick-up games. He no­ticed a lot of in­ter­est gen­erat- ing and de­cided to take things to the next level.

For years, Ack­ley said, Wyn­ter has had the dream of a place for peo­ple who like bas­ket­ball to can go and con­gre­gate.

“We de­cided to try to make this work in Boyertown, that’s where I’m from.”

The pair trav­eled around to lo­cal sports and, by word of mouth, was able to cre­ate enough mo­men­tum to hold a tour­na­ment.

On Satur­day, Aug. 5, BALL part­nered with the Boyertown Sal­va­tion Army to host the first an­nual 3 vs. 3 tour­na­ment. The event was a huge suc­cess, with 9 teams and a to­tal of 100 peo­ple.

“The re­sponse we got from the play­ers and the fans was ex­actly what we were hop­ing for. Peo­ple are al­ready ask­ing for the next one, and we feel with more time we can em­u­late this event ten­fold.

Through the part­ner­ship with the Sal­va­tion Army, Ack­ely says the group has agreed to fix up the court they’re uti­liz­ing. It’s

the only court in Boyertown they play at.

Any­one ages 16-35 is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate.

“The ul­ti­mate goal is to have our own in­door fa­cil­ity. Once we have that, we want it to be as fam­ily ori­ented as pos­si­ble but with the main as­pect of bas­ket­ball.”

BALL mem­bers play reg­u­larly three times a week at the court in Boyertown. In the win­ter months, Ack­ley says they’ll be able to move over to Morn­ing Star Fel­low­ship.

“We want to be able to have 10 dif­fer­ent tour­na­ments a year in 10 dif­fer­ent lo­cal places.” Who­ever wins the tour­na­ment gets free en­try into the next tour­na­ment. “It takes a lot of plan­ning. The first one was a great suc­cess, but we just weren’t sure how suc­cess­ful it was go­ing to be.”

Lo­cal com­pa­nies spon­sored the event, show­ing sup­port and pro­vid­ing play­ers with t-shirts.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the Bas­ket­ball Ath­letic League Lounge face­book page, or its web­site https:// bas­ket­bal­lall.wixsite. com/boy­er­town­ball

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Bas­ket­ball Ath­letic League Lounge held its first tour­na­ment on Satur­day, Aug. 5, draw­ing 100 to the court at the Sal­va­tion Army.

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