The namesake of the "Oldest and Largest Church League in America", John H. Bower, died in 1962, but even in the hands of others the purpose remains the same - to give youth something to do and keep them out of trouble. Since the gentle probation officer organized his Sunday School cage loop, at least 47,000 youth have benefited from the competition and they're still coming out in full force.
John Bower loved the game of basketball. He'd get every boy he could and spend his own money to pay their fee at the "Y". He wasn't a very big man, but he was quite a player in his day. In fact, he was considered one of the best athletes ever to compete in the Williamsport area.
It is that kind of spirit and dedication which has kept the league thriving. There have been many other volunteers, some now deceased and others still living, who were there every year to coach, referee or score the game.
There's no sign of loss of enthusiasm, either among youth or officials. What is the stock answer to the question of how long will the John H. Bower Sunday School Basketball League continue to exist?
"As long as youth want to play basketball."
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