A Part of North Columbus History
The Clintonville Basketball Association (CBA) was founded early in the 1940’s by Rev. Bill Taylor, Merrill “Cookie” Stevens, and others. The league was founded to provide the kids of North Columbus with an organized baseball program.
Over the last six decades the CBA has offered football and basketball in addition to baseball. For many years the programs have been offered at The Whetstone Recreation Center, the Columbus Recreation Department has generously made their facilities available to the CBA through the year though recent policy changes have caused a change in venue. The CBA basketball program called Dominion Middle School home for three years and now is calling Ridgeview Middle School home. The CBA basketball practices are held at both Dominion and Ridgeview Middle School. The CBA league is also coed with girls participating and competing with and sometimes outplaying the boys. The CBA however is not limited to the youth in Clintonville and attracts players from all over Central Ohio.
To our knowledge the CBA is the longest running basketball association of its kind in Central Ohio. For over 75 years, the CBA has been providing the youth of the area with competitive sports as well as teaching fundamentals of the game and emphasizing good sportsmanship.
The program could not exist without a great number of volunteer coaches, commissioners, and some of our veteran referees that also volunteer their time. Some of our current coaches and many of our referees were players in the CBA.
The CBA is a non-profit organization and strives to keep the fees for participants as low as possible. The CBA has also made many contributions to the community over the years by donating equipment to the Whetstone Recreation Center and the middle schools in appreciation for the use of their facilities.
We are now finding it necessary to pay for the use of some of these facilities and we still intend to keep the fees as low as possible. Donations would gladly be accepted and appreciated.