Having a hoopin' good time in Oklahoma City

Christ Temple Community Church in Oklahoma City is preparing for its summer season of its popular Midnight Basketball outreach.
by Carla Hinton Published: May 3, 2014
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Oklahoma City Thunder fans aren’t the only people dreaming of hoops victories these days.

Young athletes are gearing up for the Midnight Basketball outreach at Christ Temple Community Church, 2717 N Kelley.

Priscilla Meadows, the church’s youth leader, said youths ranging in age from elementary to college gather at the church on Friday nights in the summer for a chance to show off their athletic talents on the ministry’s blacktop basketball court.

Meadows said the program has been going on for more than 15 years.

“I always say it’s Oklahoma City’s undiscovered secret,” she said, laughing.

She said this year’s Midnight Basketball program begins June 13, but the outreach is so popular that she looks for community partners to help sponsor the free event for as many youths as possible. About 150 young people attend each week, she said.

Meadows said the outdoor event begins at 7 p.m. and ends at midnight, although the youths are often allowed to play ball until 1 a.m.

One of the young people preparing for the hoop activities is Darick Walker, a Douglass High School senior. Walker, 18, said he has been coming to the basketball outreach since he was 5 because he has a relative who lives near the church.

He said the outreach offers positive activities for young people in the neighborhoods surrounding the church.

“It’s something to do on Fridays instead of going out and finding the wrong thing to do,” Walker said.

Not just basketball

Meadows said basketball is not the only activity that draws youths to the summer outreach.

She said the church also provides an inflatable moon bounce and karaoke. Face painting, arts and crafts and games for young children also are offered on many Friday nights, she said. A water slide provides fun on particularly hot evenings.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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How to Help

To donate or provide volunteer help for the Midnight Basketball outreach at Christ Temple Community Church, call Priscilla Meadows at 501-0367.

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