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In 2012-13, The Memphis Nighthawks will complete a decade as a homeschool Christian sports organization.  The first season of the Memphis Nighthawks began with one 16u boys basketball team made up of seven players and three coaches.  After a decade of existence, the Nighthawks are more than just a basketball organization.  The growth in the basketball program has been exponential with eleven basketball teams now fielding well over 100 players.  Even more amazing, the program has added soccer, football, volleyball, and golf teams made up of almost two hundred players and over thirty coaches.

The dream of expanding homeschool basketball in Memphis, Tennessee had been shared by several people but one man had the vision to begin the new sports organization.  Frank McLeod had coached homeschool basketball for several years and had won the 14u boys National Championship game played in Wichita, Kansas.  Frank used his coaching and organization experience to take a group of players that did not have the chance to play varsity-level,  homeschool basketball.  Coach McLeod began a new sports organization by forming a 16u team in the 2002-2003 season.  The team colors of black, white, and red and the name Memphis Nighthawks was chosen.  This 16u boys Nighthawk team (the Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsorship did not begin until several years after the program started) went to the National Christian Homeschool Championship tournament in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and finished in fifth place nationally.  The Memphis Nighthawks’ track record of success started early.

In the second year of the program (2003-2004) two basketball teams were organized: 16u and 18u boys.   The 16u boys finished the year in seventh place overall and the 18u boys lost in the 5A National Championship game to finish in the top ten nationally in their inaugural season.

By the Fall of 2004, a number of Nighthawk teams of boys and girls began to represent the city of Memphis in leagues and tournaments. Coach McLeod’s original vision was to see the Nighthawks represent Christ as an organization and also to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to play homeschool sports.  With Nighthawk alumni playing college sports, serving in the ministry, and serving their churches and community, the program is accomplishing its vision and mission.

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