Serving Paramount since 2000…

Above the Rim Basketball League

Monday Night Basketball League for youth and adults...

Above The Rim

Above the Rim Basketball League:

The Above the Rim Basketball League provides a safe place for basketball players of all ages, gender and skill levels to compete in eleven weeks of games in an encouraging environment.  We have Fall (September-November) and Spring (March - May) sessions.  At the end of the year (Spring session) a celebration barbecue, games and prize raffle is offered for all participants. It’s our desire to provide the most encouraging environment possible for young men and women to play, challenging them to show love, honor, and respect through our actions and words.

League cost is $15/player (includes a team shirt). We play Mondays from 6:30 - 9:00 PM.

To volunteer or participate contact Todd Bousema at (562)-755-7811.

What Values Do We Practice?

Respect • Honor • Love


Positive, encouraging attitudes and words.
Respect and honor among teammates and opponents.
To love and build up both teammates and the opposing team.
Help to make these basketball courts places of peace and joy.

Where Do We Play?

The Emmanuel Reformed Church Activity Center and its adjacent parking lot courts. (15941 Virginia Ave., Paramount, CA, 90723)



Can I Help Out?

Yes! There is always a need for team captains, scorekeepers, and set up people. If interested, please contact Pat Adkins at (562)-508-1350.

Todd Bousema

Above The Rim - Director

Todd Bousema was born in Iowa, and moved to Paramount in 1985. That same year, he began attending Emmanuel Church and quickly got connected to their college group. Todd is a grass roots leader at ATR who has shown himself to be a soft spoken and approachable mentor to the players. Todd has coached basketball at Calvary High School and loves following the game off the court. Todd owns his own pool business with some of his employees involved with ATR in leadership. Todd lives in Paramount with his wife Stacy and their twins Dylan and Anika.


Tom Watkins

Above The Rim

Tom Watkins has lived in Paramount all his life. He started attending ERC while in high school and attended the college group. Tom has been with the basketball ministry from the beginning over twelve years ago. First as a player, a team captain and now a white shirt leader. Tom has also participated in every Compton work day. Tom can always be counted on to lend a hand when needed. Tom attends the 9:00am and 10:30am services at ERC. Tom’s vocation is to provide meals for the elderly. He enjoys going to sporting events and spending time with good friends.

Rich Johnson

Basketball League

Rich Johnson has run the gamut as a leader for ATR basketball. First as a player, then a team Captain and now part of the ATR leadership. Over the years Rich has been the “Go To” Captain to take on the rough around the edges players. (He’s respectfully been given the title of Captain of The Hood) By investing patience, humility and God’s love Rich shows his teammates the meaning of ATR’s creed. To Love, Honor and Respect one another. Rich is a school teacher to young adults for the past 5 years and has been a teacher for the past 13 years. He also bleeds Laker Purple and Gold. Rich attends the 9am and 10:30am services at ERC with his wife Tonia and their son Trent.

Giovanni Saggese

Above the Rim

Giovanni is originally from “Rodio De Pisciotta” Italy. In Italy he met his wonderful wife Nora at the restaurant where he worked (he was her waiter). He moved to the United States in 1985 and shortly after got a job working for the postal service where he is still employed. He has two sons, Marco and Gian Luca. His family has been attending ERC for over a decade now. Giovanni started working with the kids courts for 3 years and now as a White Shirt leader for the past two seasons. He has a true servant’s heart for this ministry. He’s known on the courts as (The G-Man), and he sure is God’s Man for our league.

Ty Gilmer

Basketball League

Ty first joined ATR in 2009 as a player, then team captain and now as a part of the ATR leadership since 2010. Tyrone is retired from the US Air Force after 24 years. He worked at almost every level within the USAF, and served in Europe, Asia and the United States. He works as a DOD contractor at the LA Air Force Base in El Segundo. Ty attends the noon service were he serves as an usher. His son Dante is a member of the Inspirational Choir, and also participates in ATR. Ty is an avid and long time Laker fan.

Sharron Murphy

Basketball League

Sharron Murphy is such a gift to the ATR ministry. Sharron was born in Lynwood, CA. She’s has worked for her family business at Industrial Property for 30 years running. Sharron moved to Paramount in January of 2001, and started attending ERC that same year. In the spring of 2002 Sharron began serving ATR with her organizational skills creating a check-in process of players, uniform ordering and accounting of monies. Sharron is the first impression the players get when arriving at ATR with a friendly greeting and in most cases tries to remember their names. She has one daughter (Sasha) and six Grandchildren ( 5 boys & 1 girl ) We are truly blessed to have Sharron serve at ATR.