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CHURCH MINISTRY LEAGUE
CHURCH MINISTRY LEAGUE. In 1993 six basketball teams were formed each sponsored by a church. Games would be played on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for ten weeks beginning June 16th. The pre-season exhibition game featured one of the league's teams competing against a team of Dubuque police officers.
The basketball program, coordinated by the Center for Public Ministry, was aimed at unemployed or underemployed young men. It was eventually to include a job-training program.
Churches sponsoring a team included: WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, ST. LUKE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, LORD OF LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH, and HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH.
The church responsibility included providing a $100 sponsorship fee for uniforms and an adult man in each church to volunteer to "buddy up" with team members. No player was required to be a member of the church sponsoring his team or even attend services.
See: AFRICAN AMERICANS