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NEWS RELEASE BASKETBALL was conceived in the hearts and minds of a group of young Christian men in 1973 in Los Angeles, California. These men had a desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Western and Eastern Europe. The spiritual landscape in Europe then and now is reflective of life apart from God. Western Europe became a spiritual desert as people turned away from Christ and turned to the popular secular philosophies and false religions of the 20th Century. For a long time Christianity in Eastern Europe was suppressed by the various communist regimes. Now, in Europe and around the world, people are desperately seeking for something beyond themselves to trust and believe in.
This group of young men wanted to respond to that need by coming to Europe to share the message of Jesus Christ through the platform of basketball. They desired to show that Christianity is more than just a doctrine or set of beliefs, but that it is a relationship that changes lives.

Since that time News Release Basketball has taken teams of high-level collegiate athletes to Europe. In 1978 a Women’s Team was added to the News Release Basketball ministry. In 1991 News Release Basketball began taking teams of quality high school players. In the future, News Release Basketball will continue to seek men and women athletes of all levels to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ.

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1973

1977

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1981

1985

1991

1998

2004

2006

2007

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2018

[2022]

1st team traveled to Asia.

Team traveled to Africa with Venture for Victory-Sports Ambassadors.

1st News Release Basketball team, a part of Christian Associates, traveled to Europe.

2 teams traveled.

1st women’s News Release Basketball team traveled.

Christian Associates Directors moved to Ferney-Voltaire, France.

Christian Associates started 1st church in France.

News Release Basketball incorporated as a separate organization.

News Release Basketball reboots after a 4-year hiatus.

1st high school team traveled on tour. Basketball camp ministry began.

Women’s Team tours began again after a 10-year hiatus.

4 teams. 1st set team traveled (Colorado Christian University).

First full-time News Release Basketball European Director moved to Magdeburg Germany.

4 teams, 5 tours (including 1 Coaches tour).

5 teams. 1st Showcase tour traveled.

News Release Basketball reached 500+ alumni.

Over 500 kids in News Release Basketball camps.

7 teams, 9 tours.

Over 1300 kids attended News Release Basketball camps and clinics.

1st News Release Basketball European Summit meeting was held.

News Release Basketball-Europe was established.

First U.S. tour with the Legacy Program.

First 25th year camp in Loerrach Germany.

School Year Camp Program was initiated.

[News Release Basketball will celebrate 50 years of service.]

TIMELINE

1971

1st team traveled to Asia.

1972

Team traveled to Africa with Venture for Victory-Sports Ambassadors.

1973

1st News Release Basketball team, a part of Christian Associates, traveled to Europe.

1977

2 teams traveled.

1978

1st women’s News Release Basketball team traveled.

1980

Christian Associates Directors moved to Ferney-Voltaire, France.

1981

Christian Associates started 1st church in France.

1985

News Release Basketball incorporated as a separate organization.

1991

News Release Basketball reboots after a 4-year hiatus.

1st high school team traveled on tour. Basketball camp ministry began.

1998

Women’s Team tours began again after a 10-year hiatus.

2004

4 teams. 1st set team traveled (Colorado Christian University).

2006

First full-time News Release Basketball European Director moved to Magdeburg Germany.

2007

4 teams, 5 tours (including 1 Coaches tour).

2009

5 teams. 1st Showcase tour traveled.

2010

News Release Basketball reached 500+ alumni.

2011

Over 500 kids in News Release Basketball camps.

2012

7 teams, 9 tours.

Over 1300 kids attended News Release Basketball camps and clinics.

1st News Release Basketball European Summit meeting was held.

2013

News Release Basketball-Europe was established.

2014

First U.S. tour with the Legacy Program.

2018

First 25th year camp in Loerrach Germany.

School Year Camp Program was initiated.

[2022]

[News Release Basketball will celebrate 50 years of service.]

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