Shock the City
Kimberly Meadows Clark
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The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a men’s professional basketball league. The league has grown to become the largest professional sports league in the world! In 1999 Joe Newman and Richard P. Tinkham founded the league. It is the re-launch of the original ABA which merged with the NBA in 1976. Tinkham co-founded both the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. Joe Newman was the CEO of Joe Newman Advertising, Inc. and Alliance Broadcasting Group, Inc. The ABA was established in 1967 and merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976 [New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, and Denver Nuggets]. Some of the ABA notable players where: Julius Irving (Dr. J) George Gervin (The Iceman), Ricky Barry, Moses Malone along with, many others that came to be NBA players. The ABA was reformed in 2000 in partnership with the NBA and has been operating in harmony for the past 16 years.
In its first season Magic City Surge was able to maintain in the top 25 in the nation. They also made it to the first round of the playoffs in the historic American Basketball Association (ABA)!
The ABA produced legendary players such as Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Artis Gilmore, Rick Barry, Moses Malone, “The Iceman” George Gervin, and many more. Our mission is to improve our community through providing family fun activities, Positive youth interaction, promoting education, sports, and arts; and also by building lasting business and community relationships. With a vision to build a better community through sports and entertainment, through the culture of basketball. We are currently working with former and current professional players from our area to build a strong foundation for our organization. Also by being a member of the ABA, we are part of the largest and most diversified sports league in the world, which gives our team and partners maximum exposure. We have made history in the state of Alabama, by acquiring the first female owner of a pro sports team.
Our purpose is to promote a better community, by initiating community involvement through, our grassroots concepts, and providing positive outlets for youth and young adults. Through our purpose we can improve the community’s vision, integrity, and demographics. We believe in building together to create a culture of professional sports opportunities in our Communities #BHM99.
About the Owner
The Honoree for Women’s History Month at Montevallo University in March of 2018, Kimberly Meadows Clark has received many accolades in a short time. She was recently awarded the Amelia Boynton Robinson Women of Valor Award for Leadership by the Tuskegee University Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in February of 2018. In 2017 she received the Jefferson County Millennial Democrats award for Business Leadership. Also, in 2017 she received the “Game Changer” Award from IAG and was recognized by The Young Black Progressive Caucus as a Leader among Women of Color. In 2016, Kimberly was recognized by the Metro Birmingham Chapter of the NAACP, for Outstanding Community Service. She is employed as a Case Manager for Firehouse Ministries as an advocate for the under-served. Kimberly attended Fairfield High School and recently became the first female owner of a Professional Sports Team in her state. She proudly owns the Magic City Surge, a local Men’s Professional Basketball Team (American Basketball Association). Kimberly stated “I am excited about this new venture, and I am hoping I can save our youth by implementing community outreach and other service through sports. She is also Development Director for GLOVE (a non-profit that assists homeless victims of domestic violence). Kimberly recently spearheaded a screening clinic for the homeless, working closely with the School of Health Professions at UAB to provide preventive services for those in need (this clinic was recently recognized nationally by the United States Public Health Service and Interprofessional Education collaborative, where she received an honorable mention for her work). She also helped establish training opportunities for the homeless at LSCC, which gifts them free welding and electrical training. Through Kimberly’s heart of service see was able to initiate a national campaign for the ABA, PEP TALK ABA (http://abaliveaction.com/2017/08/31/pep-talk-aba-announced). She is currently working with the ABA to build a program for Women in Sports. Kimberly Meadows Clark was recently certified through SMWW as a Basketball GM and Scout, she is currently working on here Sports Management certification through the prestigious Columbia University's School of Professional Studies.