Ernesia Wright, owner of the Georgia Soul (©Ernesia Wright)
By Jennifer McKee
Augusta’s own semi-pro basketball team is about to take the court for the 2021 season.
Georgia Soul‘s home opener takes place on July 25 at 4:30 pm at Butler High School on 2011 Lumpkin Road.
And after having to cancel its 2020 season due to the pandemic, the organization is happier than ever to get back to what is knows and loves: basketball.
“Though we managed to stay somewhat active, the organization’s morale was at an all-time low,” says Georgia Soul owner Ernesia Wright. “As various sports teams were returning to action, our fans were questioning whether we would return. Once we developed a plan to ensure the safety of our organization, our fans, and supporters, we were full steam ahead.”
The season opener will feature special guests such as host Radeek Webb, professional boxer Justin “Jip” Deloach and Twin Sports TV. Vendors will be on hand, along with Concessions by Jones Wings and Things. Those who donate back-to-school supplies will be entered for a chance to win prizes. Tickets can be purchased here.
“Basketball is one of the most beloved sports in the world and it reaches enthusiasts of all ages,” says Wright. “It teaches lessons such as the value of team work, the inevitability of failure and the importance of seizing every opportunity; but most importantly, it teaches the value of family. To the city of Augusta, the Georgia Soul is more than just a basketball team. We are providing opportunities for young adults to continue doing something they love. We are a testament that despite the odds and challenges that occur throughout life, you can overcome them.”