Faith and Basketball for a Good Cause

Faith and Basketball for a Good Cause

A local church decided to mix faith and basketball to attract at-risk youth during the summer vacation.
A local church decided to mix faith and basketball to attract at-risk youth during the summer vacation.

To do that, the Westwood Baptist Church created Hoops For Him, a free basketball league for children from 7th to 12th grade.

“We looked around Odessa and Midland and we just saw that there was not a whole lot of things for the kids to do during the summer,” said Jerry Bailey, the president of the league.

Bailey decided to take matters into his own hands by creating the league and also giving the youth an opportunity to learn biblical principles.

“I wanted a league that kids could come and be competitive but they could exercise these four principles: faith, obedience, unity and respect,” Bailey said.

The league had 50 kids from Andrews, Midland and Odessa who participated throughout the summer. But next summer Bailey hopes to continue expanding the league.

“At risk kids a lot of times we focus on those but the at risk part of it is because a lot of times they get at risk because they have nothing to do,” Bailey said.

And to finish the tournament and the summer vacation, the league decided to do a food drive benefiting local families with special needs children.

“We have a special needs kid here at our church and so we've always had a special tug at my heart for that,” Bailey said.

The league finished the summer with basketball games, donations and biblical principles.

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