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.


  • Competitive school sports

  • Statewide league with playoffs

  • Full schedule of games

  • Year around training & skills development

  • Affordable

  • Positive environment


  • 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 calendar

  • Tryouts in October

  • Regular season games Nov - Feb

  • Playoffs in February and March

  • East Coast National tournament in March

  • Off season clinics April - October

Current & Future Teams

  • 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)

Source for age information: Page 4 of the NCHEAC Handbook


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 inaugural season

  • NCHEAC Varsity Boys Basketball Conference, Regional, & State Champions

2017 - 2018

  • Boys JV inaugural season

  • NCHEAC Varsity Boys Basketball Conference, Regional, & State Champions

  • NCHEAC JV Boys Conference, Regional, & State Champions

2018 - 2019

  • Boys middle school inaugural season

  • 3-Peat NCHEAC Varsity Boys Basketball Conference, Regional, & State Champions

  • Thunder Varsity Overall Record (27-3) with undefeated Regular Season Conference Record

  • Coach Shawn Hill - NCHEAC Western Region Conference Coach of the Year

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

2019 - 2020

  • Thunder varsity had a 19-8 overall record with a 7-1 conference record

  • 4-Peat NCHEAC Varsity Boys Basketball Regional Champions

  • NCHEAC Varsity Boys State Runners-up

  • NCHEAC JV Boys Regional Champions

  • NCHEAC JV Boys State Runners-up

  • Coach Shawn Hill - NCHEAC Western Region Conference Coach of the Year

2020 - 2021

  • Girls middle school inaugural season

Click here for more Thunder history and past rosters.

Coaching Staff

Shawn Hill

Varsity Boys Head Coach

Coach Hill led both the South Charlotte Thunder Boys JV & Varsity teams to NCHEAC state championships in the 2017-18 season and was named the NCHEAC Western Conference Coach of the Year. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Coach Hill played three years of varsity basketball at South Young High School. He then proceeded to play four years of college basketball – two years at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN and two years at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. Before coaching the South Charotte Thunder, he coached high school basketball (Damascus Christian Academy) for 9 years and several years at various levels of youth recreational/church leagues. He and his wife, Shannon, have been married for 18 years. They have 3 children – Avery (15 yrs.), Aaron (13), and Addison (10) whom they homeschool. Coach Hill is a teacher/tutor who teaches various classes and administers standardized testing for homeschooled students.

Jay Miller

Varsity Boys Assistant Coach

Middle School Girls Head Coach

Ryan Rullo

JV Boys Head Coach

Billy Miller

Middle School Boys Head Coach

All Time Thunder Point Leaders

Varsity Boys (through 2020-2021)

JV Boys (through 2020-2021)

Middle School Boys (through 2019-2020)

Middle School Girls (through 2020-2021)

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

Team Rosters

2020 - 2021 Varsity Boys

3 - Jabir Jefferson (G)

5 - Jordan Dixon (F)

13 - Christian Bego (G)

15 - Jalil Jefferson (G)

20 - Benjamin Milller (C)

21 - Alex van Heerden (F)

23 - Alijah Miller (F)

25 - Joshua Broome (F)

30 - Noah Rodriguez (F)

2020 - 2021 JV Boys

00 - Aaron Hill (G)

0 - Amir El (G/F)

10 - Michael Andrade (F)

32 - Joseph Fluellen II (F)

33 - Eme Gallimore (G)

45 - Luke Graves (C)

2020 - 2021 Middle School Boys

1 - Luke Rullo (G)

2 - Josh Wood (F)

3 - Aaron Miller (C)

12 - Logan Westbrook (C)

21 - Joshua Koos (G)

22 - Noah Miller (G)

23 - Matthew Alfredson (G/F)

33 - Grayson Rullo (G)

34 - Mason Kern (G)

2020 - 2021 Middle School Girls

0 - Zoe Koos (G)

10 - Austin Miller (F)

11 - 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 - Ruthie Parrish (G/F)

45 - Sarah Rodriguez (F)

Click here for past rosters.

Board of Directors

Jewel Abbott

President & Athletic Director



Daniel Kern

Joined March 2019

Gage Alfredson

Joined April 2021

Grismar Westbrook

Joined August 2021

Tracy Gallimore

Joined September 2021

Player Registration Information

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