Southland Saints Professional Basketball Team Tips-Off Inaugural Season
By Andy Ritter published October 31, 2022
Olympia Fields, Ill. – (October 31, 2022) The Iconic American Basketball Association (ABA), complete with their signature red, white and blue basketball has added a franchise in the Chicago Southland; Introducing The Southland Saints!
Playing home games at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, the team’s mission is to provide a professional & winning basketball team rooted in community outreach. “We believe that basketball is an event that can bring families closer and promote a love for something in common, their home team, the Southland Saints,” said team co-owner Les Rodgers, adding “We are more than just a basketball organization; we are advocates for strong families and thriving communities.”
With over 100 teams in the ABA, the Southland Saints will compete in the North Central Region against franchises from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Saints are led by Head Coach Schin Kerr, a former Loyola (IL) forward who also starred in the movie “Glory Road” about the 1966 NCAA National Basketball Champion Texas Western College team, which was the first in NCAA history to start an all-black lineup.
The ABA is where Basketball Hall of Famers Julius Erving (Dr. J) and Rick Berry got their professional starts. “I’m not sure if the next Dr. J will be playing here in the Chicago Southland, but we’re certainly thrilled to have the Southland Saints from the ABA representing the region,” said Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Jim Garrett.
Tickets are $10 or $8 if you buy 15 or more and can be purchased on the team website or by clicking HERE. For those unable to attend the games or media looking for highlights, the games will be streamed live at https://www.abagaletv.com/.