If you are at Smoke Rise on most nights of the week, you will hear the squeaking of shoes and balls being dribbled, shot, and passed in the gym. The young men and women that you see and hear in the gym are part of the Ballin Blazers. Ballin Blazers is a basketball organization that makes its primary home at Smoke Rise Baptist Church. They manage our basketball league during the winter and then have AAU teams playing throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
The Ballin Blazers aren’t only about basketball. The Ballin Blazers strive “to provide a safe and productive environment that enables children to learn and apply the principles of teamwork, discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship. We facilitate the development of strength and character in every child that participates. We also strive to provide a service to our community by providing a healthy outlet for children, opportunities for the community to gather together, and endless hours of entertainment.”
As part of this “more than basketball” mentality, the Ballin Blazers choose a local community project during each quarter of the year. During the summer quarter, the Ballin Blazers gave back to Smoke Rise and painted the gym.
The next time you are at Smoke Rise on a weeknight, stop by the gym and check out what is going on in the gym because it is more than just squeaking of shoes and dribbling of basketballs.