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March 9, 2017
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The American Basketball Association announces another team for Birmingham, the Magic City Blitz.

The ABA has fielded teams in the city before, the Birmingham Magicians (2005) and the Birmingham Blitz (2012-13 to 2015-16). Currently, there is another active ABA team in the metro area, the Southeast Pro Elite Flyers.

The Blitz will be considered an expansion team for the 2017-18 season and local businesswoman Kimberly Meadows Clark will be the principal owner.

The ABA season usually runs from late November to March each year. The number of games each team will play can wildly vary, and many franchises fold before the season completes.

However, Meadows is optimistic and wants the team to be about more than just basketball. 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. The Blitz will be more than just a team; we will be a family that will thrive in our community and will work with different initiatives like autism, bullying, homelessness, domestic violence, health and wellness, education, and the arts.

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  American Basketball Association commissioner
 Joe Newman and owner Kimberly Clark
   
Clark says the team will be known as the Magic City Surge.


June 8, 2017

Clark says that her opportunity to own the Surge came unexpectedly.

One of her clients was a former basketball player who still wanted to play the sport, so she contacted the owner of the Birmingham Blitz to give her client a chance to try out for the basketball team. A friend of mine formerly owned it (the Blitz), Clark said, declining to give his name for legal reasons. And someone I knew was a great athlete and wanted to continue playing basketball. After speaking to her friend, she found out that he was looking for a general manager for the team, which led her to purchase the team.

Clark was motivated by a desire to give local athletes, just like her client, opportunities to continue playing basketball, The league was looking for fresh, new everything. Being a woman owner of a basketball team looks sexy from the outside looking in. It is hard and can be tiring, but I have a very supportive husband, team, and group of people helping me. Its all worth it.


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December 14, 2017
Apparently needing more money, Clark sets up a GoFundMe.com page for the team. The plea was not very successful as only $290.00 was raised. Clark had asked for $10,000.00.
 
 
 
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Last update: October 17, 2018