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In 1986 Steve Piersanti started hosting an open gym at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Richmond, California. Word quickly spread, and the 'Church at Hilltop' quickly became a safe haven for much of Richmond's youth. 

But it wasn't your usual slap-stick, rowdy, local open gym experience. There were rules:

- 4 on 4, first to 8 by 1's

- No cussing in the church

- No smoking or drinking on church grounds

- No fighting

- No bickering or putting down others. 

- Always start and end with a prayer.

40 years later, 'Church Ball' still happens every Tuesday and Thursday, and at almost 70 years old, Steve is still there knockin' down baseline jumpers and enforcing the rules. He's become a father figure to anyone who has come through the doors of the Hilltop Church. He's mentored countless young men, attended weddings, graduations, and now is even mentoring the kids of the OG crew that started back when it all began. 

So I worked with the guys to put together some swag to celebrate 40 years of basketball, Steve, and the brotherhood he's fostered up at the Hilltop Church. 

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Jerseys inspired by our hometown champs, the Golden State Warriors

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Because you can't have enough tees

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Steve's last name, Piersanti, is Italian for St. Peter. Because he's a saint, we thought he deserved his own candle

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