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Former S.C. church hoopsters sought for August reunion

Men and women who played basketball for First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston through the latter half of the 20th century are invited to team up again for a reunion later this summer.

Tom Titus of South Charleston is organizing a reunion of the FPC players. The gathering is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Little Creek Country Club in South Charleston.

Located at 508 Second Ave., First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston is observing its 100th anniversary in 2019, and Titus was motivated to organize the players’ reunion as part of the celebratory events.

“The church is having its anniversary celebration this month,” he said, “but we decided to push it into August for the reunion.”

Titus said the reunion will be held during Summerfest in South Charleston, which is scheduled for Aug. 15-17 in the city.

“I’m trying to get all of the people who have played church basketball,” Titus said. “I’ve gotten a pretty long list from pictures I have and other sources. Some may still be in the Valley or people who might know some of them and communicate with them.”

Titus played for the church league from seventh grade through high school in the 1950s and then coached for 27 years, starting in the early 1960s, he said.

He said the players’ reunion will include refreshments, snacks and time to chat and visit. “I’m trying to locate as many as I can and get them educated about the event. The ones that are out of town can come and enjoy Summerfest and other things and stay for the anniversary celebration of the church.”

“South Charleston used to have a very viable church league,” he said. “After coaching, I started running the league for a while in conjunction with the YMCA. The churches started running out of kids, and some churches moved to the Charleston league.”

Former players interested in attending the reunion can contact Titus at tjtitus@suddenlink.net or 304-206-5930 for further information.

Metro reporter Clint Thomas can be reached at cthomas@cnpapers.com or by calling 304-348-1232.

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