All photography provided by Jared Chambers

SINCE 1972, WE HAVE SOUGHT TO GLORIFY GOD AND ADVANCE HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH BY USING OUR GIFTS TALENTS, AND INTERESTS IN ATHLETICS.

 

HISTORY

NEWS RELEASE BASKETBALL was established in Los Angeles, CA in 1972 by a group of young men who had a desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Europe. They saw a spiritual void and wanted people to respond to that need by sharing the message of Jesus through the avenue of basketball. They desired to show that Christianity is more than just a doctrine or a set of beliefs, but that it is a relationship that changes lives.

NEWS RELEASE BASKETBALL is a progressive ministry that continually desires to seek and discern God's will for us as his servants. We will continue to serve by providing the competition, clinics, and Gospel message to anyone who has an ear to hear. In addition, NRB will continue to select players who have demonstrated leadership, quality characteristics, integrity, and above all, a love for Jesus Christ.

OUR MISSION: to present the good news of JESUS CHRIST and develop disciples of our Lord by building Christ-centered relationships using the sport of basketball.

"IN CHRIST - THROUGH HOOPS - TO THE WORLD!"

IN CHRIST: Christ's ministry was centered on relationships - it is our goal to do the same in a fun and exciting way. We return to play in each city year after year in hopes of strengthening the bonds of friendship that have formed over a long period of time between News Release Basketball and the clubs, hosts, and people that we meet.

THROUGH HOOPS: Basketball games, basketball camps, basketball clinics...as well as youth rallies, church meetings, Bible studies, music, individual faith-stories. In everything we do we use the talents and passions that God has given us to share His love with others. 
"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 

Our men’s and women’s teams have successfully competed with club and national teams from Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Russia, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, and other European countries.  

We also try to place Christian athletes (after college) on teams overseas, to provide an opportunity to continue their playing career, and to provide a year round contact for the European community.

TO THE WORLD: we desire to share how CHRIST has changed our lives with the whole WORLD.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." – Matthew 28:19-20


What We DO: SHORT TERM TOURS AND LONG TERM MINISTRY

short-term summer tours

  • Outreach and Evangelism

  • Encouragement and Service

  • Seed-Planting for future ministry opportunities

  • Discipleship and Leadership Training

  • Worship

  • Introduction to local missions and missionaries

  • Spiritual journey and growth in our relationship with God

long-term ministry

  • Partnering with local missions, churches, and fellow Christians

  • Planting Bible Studies (“Hoop Groups”)

  • Placing Christian players as professionals and youth workers

  • Presence of our European Director and Representatives

  • News Release Basketball - Europe

"IN CHRIST - THROUGH HOOPS - TO THE WORLD!"

IN CHRIST: Christ's ministry was centered on relationships - it is our goal to do the same in a fun and exciting way. We return to play in each city year after year in hopes of strengthening the bonds of friendship that have formed over a long period of time between News Release Basketball and the clubs, hosts, and people that we meet.
"...Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him." – John 14:19-21