About

Mission Statement

The mission of the South Charlotte Thunder Athletic Organization is to promote and provide healthy and competitive athletic programs for home educators in the Charlotte area. Our aim is to be God-centered, believing that Jesus is Savior and Lord. All activities will focus on the growth and development of student athletes in a Christian and encouraging manner.

Benefits

  • Competitive school sports

  • Statewide league with playoffs

  • Full schedule of games

  • Year around training & skills development

  • Affordable

  • Positive environment

Eligibility

  • Must be a registered homeschool student

  • Live in North Carolina or South Carolina

  • Middle school or high school age (see below for specific age requirements by team)


General basketball calendar

  • Tryouts in October

  • Regular season games Nov - Feb

  • Playoffs in February

  • East Coast National tournament in March

  • Off season clinics April - October

Current & Future Teams

  • Basketball

    • Boys' varsity (each player must not be age 19 as of the August 1 prior to the season)

    • Boys' junior varsity (each player must not be age 17 as of the August 1 prior to the season)

    • Boys' middle school (each player must not be age 14 as of the August 1 prior to the season)

    • Girls' middle school (each player must not be age 15 as of the August 1 prior to the season; Possibly returning to age 14 in 2022-23 season.)

    • Planning for 2022-2023! Girls varsity (each player must not be age 19 as of the August 1 prior to the season)

  • Lacrosse

    • Girls' middle school

    • Girls' elementary school

Source for age information: Page 4 of the NCHEAC Handbook

History

The organization was formed in April 2016 in order to give North Carolina home educators in the Charlotte area an opportunity to participate in competitive middle and high school level sports. The South Charlotte Thunder is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status​ and a member of the ​North Carolinians for Home Education Athletic Commission - West Region (NCHEAC). NCHEAC facilitates a well-organized conference and state playoff system. Currently, the South Charlotte Thunder offers boys middle school, junior varsity, and varsity basketball programs. As interest levels increase, the goal is to add other programs and sports as well.

The South Charlotte Thunder was formed by three men (Jewel Abbott, Anthony Hailey, and Clay Broussard) who served as the founding Board of Directors for the 2016-17 season. In March of 2017, the Thunder welcomed Greg Johnson to the board. In March 2019, the Thunder welcomed Daniel Kern and Justin Bouldin to the board. Ron Broome joined the board in March 2020. In April 2021, Gage Alfredson joined the board. Grismar Westbrook became the newest board member in August 2021 while Tracy Gallimore joined a month later in September 2021. The board’s primary function is to set the direction and oversee all activities of the organization.

2016 - 2017

  • Boys varsity basketball inaugural season

  • NCHEAC varsity boys basketball conference, regional, & state champions

2017 - 2018

  • Boys JV basketball inaugural season

  • NCHEAC varsity boys basketball conference, regional, & state champions

  • NCHEAC JV boys basketball conference, regional, & state champions

2018 - 2019

  • Boys middle school basketball inaugural season

  • 3-Peat NCHEAC varsity boys basketball conference, regional, & state champions

  • Varsity basketball overall record (27-3) with undefeated regular season conference record

  • Coach Shawn Hill - NCHEAC western region basketball conference coach of the year

  • Varsity finished 2nd Place in top bracket at the East Coast Nationals basketball tournament with a 5-1 record

2019 - 2020

  • Varsity basketball had a 19-8 overall record with a 7-1 conference record

  • 4-Peat NCHEAC varsity boys basketball regional champions

  • NCHEAC varsity boys basketball state runners-up

  • NCHEAC JV boys basketball regional champions

  • NCHEAC JV boys basketball state runners-up

  • Coach Shawn Hill - NCHEAC western region conference basketball coach of the year

2020 - 2021

  • Girls middle school basketball inaugural season

  • Varsity basketball had a 24-12 overall record with a 6-0 conference record

  • 5-Peat NCHEAC varsity boys basketball regional champions

  • NCHEAC varsity boys basketball state runners-up

  • NCHEAC middle school boys basketball regional runners-up

  • NCHEAC middle school girls basketball regional champions

  • Girls lacrosse team was formed

2021 - 2022

  • Boys varsity basketball team East Coast Nationals Grand Champions (overall tournament winner in the top bracket; 6-0 tourney record)

  • Varsity basketball had a 25-11 overall record with a 8-0 conference record

  • 6-Peat NCHEAC varsity boys basketball regional champions

  • NCHEAC varsity boys basketball state runners-up

  • NCHEAC middle school boys basketball regional runners-up

  • NCHEAC middle school girls basketball regional champions

  • NCHEAC middle school girls basketball state runners-up

  • Girls lacrosse inaugural season


Click here for more Thunder history and past rosters.

Coaching Staff

Laura Aitchison

Lacrosse Girls Head Coach (Since 2021)

Middle School Basketball Girls Head Coach (Since 2022)


Robb Aitchison

Lacrosse Girls Assistant Coach (Since 2021)

Middle School Basketball Girls Assistant Coach (Since 2022)


Darryl Bego

Varsity Basketball Boys Head Coach (Since 2022)


Billy Miller

Middle School Basketball Boys Head Coach (Since 2019)

Jay Miller

Varsity Basketball Girls Head Coach (Since 2022)

Varsity Basketball Boys Assistant Coach (Since 2019)

Middle School Basketball Girls Head Coach (2020 - 2022)

Ryan Rullo

JV Basketball Boys Head Coach (Since 2021)

All Time Thunder Point Leaders

Varsity Boys (through 2020-2021)

JV Boys (through 2020-2021)

Middle School Boys (through 2021-2022)

Middle School Girls (through 2020-2021)

Click here for a spreadsheet with the all-time Thunder point leaders.

Team Rosters

2021 - 2022 Varsity Boys

00 - Aaron Hill (G)

3 - Jabir Jefferson (G)

13 - Christian Bego (G)

15 - Joseph Fluellen II (F)

20 - Benjamin Miller (C)

21 - Luke Rullo (G)

23 - Alijah Miller (F)

25 - RJ Palmer (G)

32 - Luke Graves (C)

2021 - 2022 JV Boys

1 - Daniel Phillips (F)

2 - John Robinson (F)

10 - Aaron Miller (F)

11 - Amir El (G/F)

12 - Logan Westbrook (F)

14 - Aurek Fenn (C)

21 - Luke Rullo (G)

22 - Luke Ball (F)

24 - Mekhi Sloan (F)

25 - RJ Palmer (G)

30 - Eme Gallimore (G)

34 - Mason Kern (G)

35 - Kaleel Benjamin (F)

42 - Jack Porter (G)

2021 - 2022 Middle School Boys

1 - Ashton Yandle (G)

2 - Josh Wood (F)

3 - Alex Dixon (F)

11 - Aaron Miller (C)

15 - AJ Hensler (C)

21 - Ethan Jones (G)

22 - Noah Miller (G)

23 - Camden Schauf (G)

32 - Brayden Andrade (G)

33 - Grayson Rullo (G)

45 - Matthew Alfredson (G/F)

50 - Tim Burris (G)

51 - Ezra Briles (G)

2021 - 2022 Middle School Girls

0 - Zoe Koos (G)

4 - Georgie Posvar (F)

5 - Savannah Goodwin (G)

10 - Austin Miller (F)

12 - Samantha Ramos (C)

24 - Mya Aitchison (G)

25 - Olivia Reeves (G)

30 - McKenzie Koos (F)

35 - Bella Aitchison (G)

40 - Callie Godley (G/F)

41 - Emma Reeves (F)

42 - Olivia Westbrook (F)

43 - Annelise Brown (F)

52 - Cobi Obi (C)

Click here for past rosters.

Board of Directors

Jewel Abbott

President & Athletic Director

scthunder2016@gmail.com

704-619-7102

Daniel Kern

Joined March 2019

Gage Alfredson

Joined April 2021

Grismar Westbrook

Joined August 2021

Tracy Gallimore

Joined September 2021

2021 - 2022 Thunder Fam Photo

Player Registration Information

Looking for player registration information and forms? Please check the News page of the site where it is published each fall.




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