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4 Greetings from the patron Sports clubs have a special social significance in our society, because they not only enable the individual to spend their leisure time individually, but are also social centers of human relationships. The attractiveness of a sport is therefore not only shown by the immediately visible successes in competition with the others, but also the liveliness of the club life and the associated acceptance by members, sponsors and spectators is an important indicator for this. The basketball club Wiesbaden, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is characterized by particularly good and effective youth work. This can of course also be seen in the sporting successes. After all, one team is runner-up in Hessen, three teams have won the district cup in their respective age groups and even the youngest, the "Minis", have been unbeaten for two years. The success is no accident. It is the result of a targeted and continuous training unit and very personal support for the individual athletes. My very special thanks therefore go not only to the board of directors, but above all to the trainers, who make a large part of their free time available to train with children and young people, but also with adults. Many of them are also contact persons for the worries and needs of the boys and girls beyond the sport. I have taken on the patronage of this event to make it clear that I particularly value this work because it is indispensable for our community - especially in a time that is increasingly characterized by selfishness. I wish the basketball club Wiesbaden all the best for the future!

5 Greetings from the Hessian Minister of the Interior The 1952 basketball club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 305 members, including 126 young people, make it clear that, after 50 years of history, the association has become an active member of the modern sports movement that does irreplaceable health, social and youth policy work in society. On this anniversary, but also on the work that has been done in recent years, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the Hessian state government, but also personally as our state's sports minister. 50 years after the founding of your club, the situation in sport is different than it has been over the past few decades due to the changed social conditions. Exercise, play and sport are part of everyday life for many people today. Your association shows these people that sport can have a positive effect on their physical health, improve their performance and expand their social contacts. In recent years, the club has always promoted both popular and competitive sports. Numerous successes in recent years are impressive proof of this. The first men's team plays in the Oberliga Hessen, the A-youth team became Hessian champions in 1993 and the women’s team was twice Hessian champions. The excellent youth work of the club was rightly recognized by the Hessian Basketball Association in that the responsible trainer Günter Steppich was chosen as youth trainer of the year. These achievements, but also the voluntary commitment during this time, should be recognized in the anniversary year. Our thanks go to all women and men who have taken responsibility for this in their association and who do so today, thereby essentially shaping the work of the association. 50 years of club history are a proud result. But they are also a challenge at the same time to continue the proven and successful work. First and foremost, I wish the club many committed employees so that it will remain a living member of the Wiesbaden club family in the future and can help shape sport in the state capital. Volker Bouffier Hessian Minister of the Interior and for Sport

6 Greetings from the President of the Hessian Basketball Association. Founded in 1952, the Wiesbaden basketball club is one of the most traditional basketball clubs in Hesse. Today it is one of the larger and particularly active clubs in our sport, where you can feel that even after half a century, those responsible are looking more towards the future than the past. The BCW's rightly praised youth work is impressive evidence of this. Through them, the club always finds new strength for the sporting successes of its teams, which have made it known beyond the borders of Hesse. I am happy to take the opportunity on behalf of the Hessian Basketball Association to thank all BCW members who, in addition to their club work, have found themselves willing to work hard and successfully in the association. The development of our sport in Hessen is linked to their names. As an active player, I was able to contribute to the sporting success of this club years ago. That is why it is more than a compulsory exercise when I dedicate these lines to those who have taken responsibility for the club and who will take it today and in the future. Best wishes for the basketball club Wiesbaden and everyone who works for it for the years to come. (Lutz Arndt) HBV President

7 Greetings from the 1st Chairman When 50 years ago, on October 1st, 1952, a dozen young men, infected with the basketball virus, founded the Basketball Club Wiesbaden, nobody would have dreamed that these humble beginnings would turn into a club with over 300 members developed. The sport, largely unknown in Germany at the time, was still in its infancy at the time. In this respect, the development of the BCW with its continuously growing youth work is, as it were, a reflection of the rapid increase in the popularity of the basketball game in Germany in general. The fact that this could happen is primarily due to the efforts of all those who have worked for the club over the years in a wide variety of functions, be it as chairman, managing director, treasurer, trainer or referee and have thus left their mark on it. Special thanks are due to them in this anniversary year. In the hope that there will always be people in the future who will maintain the club by taking on responsibility and selfless commitment, continue to fill it with life and enable all members to enjoy meaningful sporting activities and leisure activities, I wish all BCW members a lot of joy and success during training and competition, as well as all the best for the future. Hartmut Diederich 1st chairman of the BCW

8 Fifty years is a long time and so it is not a matter of course that we still have a founding member in our ranks who can also report on the beginnings of our association from his own memory. Willi Rühl is still active with the old men today, which proves: Sport keeps you young !!!!! 50 years of BCW It all started in 1948 with a sports teacher from the Leibniz School in Wiesbaden, who, quite unusually for the time, tried to teach his students the sport of basketball, which was almost unknown in Germany. Through him we came because his basketball skills were soon exhausted for the American initiative for German young people G.Y.A. (German Youth Activities). There, American coaches tried to convey the big 1 x 1 of basketball to us after the small 1 x 1. We formed a team, played friendly matches, but soon realized that you have to belong to a club in Germany in order to play round matches. We decided to found an association. The BCW in the 50s. Still with us today: Walter Steppich (No. 3) and Willi Rühl (2nd from the back from the right) On October 1st, 1952, we met at Friedrichstrasse 14, where we had a club room in what was then the GYA house and the 12 members of our team were founded quite formally the basketball club Wiesbaden 1952 ev Robert Hauptvogel was elected first chairman. Sports halls did not yet exist in Wiesbaden at that time. So, like most of the other sports clubs, we were dependent on the few school gyms for training and games. The training times were accordingly tight.

There were only 9 showers in a few halls, which of course were not yet made available to us as newcomers by the Sports Department. A wash basin, sometimes in the outdoor area of ​​the school concerned, had to suffice. Jerseys were sewn in homework. Training balls were old cucumbers. A good ball for the games has been carefully cherished and cared for. At the beginning our players came almost exclusively from the Wiesbaden schools, whereby the Leibniz, Oranien and Gutenberg schools were particularly popular. The highlights included the away games on the outdoor pitch in Rossdorf. With the 10 Trudl Steppich, Astrid Löber on the right. Note the self-made wicker systems are supposed to be. This was also evident at the annual Wiesbaden city school championships, which were won fairly regularly by one of these schools whose players were predominantly BCW students. Initial problems in the association were overcome in 1955 by the arrival of two new members from Augsburg: Trudl and Dr. Walter Steppich came a stroke of luck for the club! Walter Steppich was ready to become chairman of the association (and remained so for the next 23 years until 1978), also made himself available as a trainer and took care of youth work in particular, his wife Trudl became treasurer in 1959 and is still like today The annual general meetings show us this office again and again to the complete satisfaction of all.

10 The association continued to grow, we gave ourselves statutes and had the association officially entered in the association register. So much for the memories of our founding member Willi Rühl. Early BCW dynamics at Elsässer Platz The gym on Mosbacher Berg: At that time it was really blocked out ... November 1959: Trudl and Walter Steppich demonstrate that little Günter can dribble without looking at the ball

11 And so it went on: The number of members rose to around 100 by 1970. The number of teams increased to 11, of which 6 were youth teams. BCW teams successfully played as pure amateurs in the top Hessian leagues during these years. The first women even became champions of the Hessen in 1966 with their trainer Hartmut Diederich. Of the players at the time, Astrid Löber, Helga Rühl, Trudl Steppich and Rita Hofmann (managing director of) played in active women's teams until 1998 and later, Ingrid Purper still plays in the second women's team today. The first men reached the participation in the promotion games to the Regionalliga Süd several times, but just missed the promotion in each case. From these days until a few years ago the players Hartmut Diederich, Dr. Rolf Feit, Dr. Wolfgang Pittermann, Willi Rühl (managing director of the association from 1952 to 1974) and Dr. Walter Steppich is active in the old men and in other teams. A highlight of a different kind in the club's history at this time was undoubtedly the hosting of the German championships for women and men in 1962, an organizational achievement that could only be mastered with the participation of almost all club members. The games took place in the Elsässer Platz sports hall, which was surprisingly sold out for Wiesbaden. USC Heidelberg won against Alemannia Aachen for men and TV Groß Gerau won against Augsburg for women. Various leisure activities, of which the island festivals were legendary, played a significant role in the cohesion of the club: Paddling together with tents first on an island on the Rhine, then on the Lahn. In addition, hikes in the Rheingau, carnival parties, etc. took place. Whether it was due to the increasing number of members or a change in society, in which the association is only part of a diverse range, these joint celebrations unfortunately no longer exist. As a pure basketball club, which only has to cope with the entire game operation with the contributions of the predominantly active members, the BCW always had to struggle with financial difficulties. Especially after the organization of the German Championships, a major sporting event by Wiesbaden standards, the search for a sponsor seemed promising. As it turned out, this was a fallacy, a financier could not be found.

12 Our efforts to establish a more solid financial basis subsequently led to merger negotiations with major Wiesbaden associations. The discussions with Eintracht, the SVW and the Turnerbund made us realize that although everyone would have liked to take over a complete basketball department, in return we would have only received our own premium income without further financial support. 1. Men's training 1978: Bernd Maus (left) is ahead of his time and demonstrates the Michael Jordan tackle while Norbert Dobner tries to block Ralf Peters. Franz Fast (white trousers), Dieter Schmitt (background) and Günter Steppich (right) observe the scene. Under these conditions, we preferred to remain independent and today belong to the few pure basketball clubs. Lutz Hausberg was elected 1st chairman and took over this office for 16 years. At the same time, Horst Dienel became managing director 1978: Today's U14 success coach Hubertus Jantzen in victory pose 1978: D-youth Uli Blum demonstrates his hang-time

13, which was actually only associated with basketball-loving children. His daughter Petra now plays for the TG Hochheim, his son has moved from Wiesbaden, but Horst is still the manager of our association! Although the club felt committed to popular sport right from the start and has continued this idea to this day, not least due to financial constraints, the performance-oriented element was not disregarded either. The women at the ball 1981: Above Petra Dienel, below Gabi Heitmüller With their trainer Dieter Brill (today regional trainer at the Hamburg Basketball Association) the women became Hessen champions for the second time in 1986 and were promoted to the regional league the following year. Until 1991 they were able to hold this league despite various personal problems - today the first women's team is represented at least in the national league. The 1st men's team had just been relegated to the district league A in 1991, when a lucky coincidence gave them a great chance to gain a foothold in competitive sports: The men's team at USC Mainz disbanded completely in 1992 and was mediated by the then Mainz coach Günter Steppich was able to take over the regional league pitch as well as the entire team of USC Mainz from BCW. This even made it possible to participate in the DBB Cup. The game against the team from DJK Würzburg (at that time still 2nd Bundesliga) took place in the Groß-Sporthalle Klarenthal, the former game hall of the BCW, followed by the big anniversary celebration 40 years BCW. Because the club could afford the expensive purchases customary in this league without a major sponsor and rely solely on its own offspring, the team was relegated after two years. Today the first men's team still plays in the second highest without a sponsor

14 German amateur class, the Oberliga Hessen, the then press attendant Hajo Kröhl took over the office of 1st chairman, but unfortunately only for two years for professional reasons. Due to the strong increase in membership, there are still hardly any passive members today and the large number of teams required more training times. Training was carried out in up to six halls and the round games were played in at least two different halls. Overall, this was certainly detrimental to club life and the feeling of belonging. The withdrawal of the Americans from Camp Lindsey was therefore an outstanding event for our training and match operations. On September 4, 1995, the hall was officially made available to the club for game operations. Finally we had a pure basketball hall with a grandstand for a lot of spectators !!! - and have now completely relocated our gaming operations to the new hall. A large part of the training operations has also been brought together in this hall. Unfortunately, our training operations did not always go off without an accident. In one of these accidents, the person concerned was injured so seriously that he still suffers from the consequences today. During the training of the old men in a small school gym, our member Friedrich Bronisch slipped in a rapid attack and unfortunately crashed into the wall directly behind the basket. He injured himself so badly that he suffered paraplegia, which only partially and in small steps, but has noticeably improved today, the composition of the board changed again: Hartmut Diederich has been running the association since then.The knowledge gained in these years that competitive sport is not possible without money, but that sponsors in Wiesbaden prefer to engage in other sports, if at all, led the club to focus on youth work. This work is the greater challenge for us and, with our possibilities, the more meaningful sport work, 1978: Hartmut Diederich doing a jump shot

15 even if the fruits of this work often benefit other associations. In cooperation with the Gutenberg School, the 1st Easter Camp was held in 1994, which gave many children the opportunity to play basketball intensively for a week during the Easter holidays. This camp was also offered with great success in the following years, but unfortunately had to be canceled this year because not enough helpers could be found. The fact that two club members, who also give physical education in their profession as high school teachers, have for many years been committed not only to training the men's and youth teams but also to the training and further education of further trainers for the large number of ours Teams took care of, came and benefits the association Without Hartmut Diederich and Günter Steppich, son of Trudl and Walter - the association would not have come that far. The success of this intensive youth work is impressive. Among other things: 1978 D-youth male Hessen champion 1993 A-youth male Hessen champion 1998 A-youth male 3rd of the Hessen championship 1999 D-youth male Vice-Hessen champion 2001 C-youth male upper league champion and vice-Hessen champion A-youth female 4th place at The Hessen Championship Minis win the unofficial Hessen Championship 2002 C-Youth male Vice-Oberliga and Vice-Hessen Champion Successful players emerged from the youth teams, who played in the higher-class BCW teams, but often also from

16 whose financially stronger clubs were poached. Names like Günter Steppich, Philipp Jessen, Helge Jordan or Bobby Baumbach can be mentioned here. Even one of the youngsters, Felix Röger, was a youth national player, but unfortunately had to end his career shortly afterwards due to a serious knee injury. In the 2001/02 season, BCW was represented in the 1986 team with 5 players: Samir Temmar, Geoffrey Nixon, Oliver Behre, Florian Hennen and Ante Bartulovic. In the last two years the BCW Minis caused a sensation, losing a single game during this time, and only because they had to do without several top performers! The development of the number of members: year total members men women youth with youth f (56.1%) 14 (24.6%) 11 (12.3%) (35.6%) 15 (17.2%) 28 ( 32.3%) 13 (14.9%) (46.8%) 39 (25.3%) 29 (18.8%) 14 (9.1%) (37.4%) 40 (17.4 %) 68 (29.5%) 36 (15.7%) (48.2%) 49 (16.1%) 93 (30.5%) 16 (5.2%) The BC Wiesbaden 1952 ev has seen many highs in the past 50 years, but of course also experienced some lows. The small basketball interest group has grown into a large club which, as a pure basketball club, is financed solely through its membership fees. The fact that a social component was still possible in the contribution structure speaks for a very responsible financial management, but also for the fact that a lot of voluntary commitment is involved. The association has succeeded in integrating a high proportion of foreign members. Every fifth member has a foreign citizenship, a total of 21 nationalities are represented in the association, which is certainly a top value for Wiesbaden associations. In order to keep the association alive, it needs members who are willing to take care of administrative work free of charge in their free time in addition to their sporting activities. If these are missing, see Easter camp, the association cannot survive. Their work is an indispensable requirement for the entire sporting business, without them the club could not exist.

17 In the past 50 years, many members have helped make the association work, and we would like to express our thanks to these members. The BC Wiesbaden can look back with satisfaction - but also a little pride - on its achievements in the past. In the expectation that this will also apply in the future, we want to continue our work for basketball in the tried and tested and responsible manner. For some youngsters of today it is hard to believe: Even the boys in the shorts could jump in 1968 ... A short time later, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul Jabar and became an NBA legend, not only because of his 2, 18m. To date, he is the only player who has achieved a triple double as an average of the season: at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game!

18 basketball for professionals - from avenue to zebra! Avenue - wide gap in defense, clear path to the basket. Butcher - player who plays more forcefully than ingeniously. Cager - slang expression for a basketball player (because of the fence around the open space DNP = did not play - a player who is included on the game report, but was not used The Canadian James Naismith, as a teacher at a YMCA college, invented the basketball game Zebra - The referees are called in America because of the (formerly) striped shirts

19 EXECUTIVE BOARD & SPORTS COMMITTEE 1st Chairman: Hartmut Diederich Horchheimer Str.5b, Wiesbaden Tel .: 06122/14872 Managing Director: Horst Dienel Greifstr Wiesbaden Tel./Fax: Treasurer: Trudl Steppich Am Hohen Stein 14, Wiesbaden Tel./Fax: mail: Referee attendant: Marc Assmann Karl-Josef-Schlittstrasse Wiesbaden Tel mail: Press attendant: André Bou Souabi mail: Member administration / IT: Julia Demême Andreas-Schlueter Str Wiesbaden Tel .: 0611 / witness attendant / deputy. Treasurer: Andrea Thumeyer Tel .: 0611/87898 mail: Training coordination / youth manager / webmaster: Günter Steppich Schlesierstr. 4, Erbach Tel./Fax: / mail:

20 BCW training times (as of October 2002) Team appointment Halle Trainer Minis (U12) (born 91 and younger) D-youth (U14, born 89/90) male. C-youth (U16, born 87/88) male. B-youth (U18, born 85/86) male. A-Youth (U20, born 83/84) Men 1 (Oberliga) Men 2 (District League) Men 3 (District B) Men 4 (Hobby) Men 5 (Hobby / Senior III) Female B-youth (U18, born 85/86) women 1 (regional league) women 2 (district league) Fri Mon Fri Tue Fri Mon Wed Fri Mon Fri Tue Thu Halle on the 2nd ring Tibor Schmidt Christoph Beiter Samir Temmar Camp Lindsey Halle on the 2nd . Ring Camp Lindsey Camp Lindsey Camp Lindsey Camp Lindsey Halle on the 2nd Ring Camp Lindsey Camp Lindsey Camp Lindsey Hubertus Jantzen Günter Steppich Heike Stypa Günter Steppich Dominik Duclervil Marcus Kühn Mon Camp Lindsey Iasson Valiano Wed Camp Lindsey Wed Camp Lindsey Holger Scherer Di IGS Kastellstr. Arnulf Urban Wed J. Maaß-Schule N.N. Mon Fri Camp Lindsey Hartmut Diederich Holger Scherer Tue Camp Lindsey Thorsten Enderlein Thu Tue Camp Lindsey N.N. The BCW on the Internet: or short