“Carpenter’s Square and the Nashville Central Christian Warriors have a lot in common. We each share and believe in the mission of encouraging, mentoring, and empowering youth to become healthy, productive adults, while sharing the love of Christ.” Ricky King, President of the Nashville Central Christian Warriors, a homeschool competitive basketball program, made this statement to his team parents and coaches this fall. And this past week, the Warriors and Carpenter’s Square signed a Memo of Understanding with Carpenter’s Square to renovate and improve the Kyle Hutchison Center with $100,000. In return, the Warriors will have priority use of the KHC for practice and home games during their regular season.
The improvements include installing four new retractable goals, upgrading existing goals with new pads and rims, purchasing and installing new bleachers to accommodate 250 people, purchasing and installing new scoreboards, upgrading and repairing the current HVAC units, constructing a classroom/locker room/storage space where the stage currently exists, installing an office space for a future gym manager, and refreshing existing bathrooms.
In turn, the Warriors now have a place to call home for all of their teams: U8, U12, Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity for girls and boys. They will also partner with Carpenter’s Square as we serve our community.
When the Warriors started practicing and renting space at the Kyle Hutchison Center at Carpenter’s Square three years ago, the thought of having a “home gym” was not on the horizon. But now with this new partnership between the Warriors and CS, these two ministries that combine basketball with serving youth, have come together under one roof.
Carpenter’s Square began with the vision and legacy of a young man, Kyle Hutchison, who promised his Y.E.S. basketball team that he would help them go to college. Unfortunately, Kyle’s young life was cut short before this happened. However, a group of men banded together to continue serving these young men and helping them attain the goal of a higher education. From this group of men, the idea of Carpenter’s Square and the Kyle Hutchison Center was born.
One of our focus areas at Carpenter’s Square is youth development. Basketball, mentoring, and spiritual formation are a large part of that. Partnering with the Warriors is a natural collaboration. “The Nashville Central Christian Warriors began over 25 years ago as a way to engage homeschool students in the sport of competitive basketball, while instilling the life-giving lessons of character, hard-work, and commitment in the context of a community that puts Christ at the center of all we do,” King said.
Serving our community and pointing them to Jesus is what we do at Carpenter’s Square. With another great partnership, we are able to do that with a greater impact as we reach out, touch lives, and make a difference with our neighbors.