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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 founder and
commissioner Joe Newman and Magic City Surge
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.

November 2017
  American Basketball Association   
Gulf Coast Division
   Georgia Gwizzlies 
   Jackson Showboats 
   Magic City Surge 
   Mid South Echoes 
   Memphis Jazz 
   Owensboro Colonels  
   Pensacola Lightning 
   Port City Tornados 
   Southeast Pro Elite Flyers 
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Georgia Gwizzlies logo     Jackson Showboats logo     Magic City Surge logo     Mid South Echoes logo 
Memphis Jazz logo    Owensboro Colonels logo    Pensacola Lightning logo    Port City Tornados logo 
Southeast Pro Elite Flyers logo   
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: August 17, 2018