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Church Ball, just how important is it?

For better or for worse — sometimes both, perhaps — the game of basketball has been a big part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the better part of 100 years.

Male church members first played in a formal basketball league in 1908, and church basketball has spawned enormous participation from hundreds of thousands of people in the 102 years that have followed.

One need only mention the words "church basketball" to just about any male who spent any length of time growing up in the state of Utah, where the LDS Church is based, to realize the wide scope of influence basketball has had in the church.

Heading into the second decade of the 21st century, this much seems clear — church ball continues to be a behemoth in the LDS Church.

It's true that the state of Utah may have shifted from being a "basketball state" to being a "football state" in the past decade or so, and it's also true that basketball — and sports in general — are less important to the rising generations, who instead immerse themselves in the plethora of entertainment options available to them.

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