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History

1992

Coventry Crusaders Basketball Club Founded

Founded in August, 1992 in Coventry, England, UK, Coventry Crusaders Basketball Club entered the National Basketball League (NBL) Division One.

1992
Coventry Crusader Basketball Club, English Basketball League Champions 1993/1994
1994

Double Success

In only the club’s second season, Coventry Crusaders were crowned the 1993/94 National Basketball League Division One Champions and 1994 Playoff Champions.

1994
1995

Inaugural All Star Game

Crusaders hosted the first ever NBL Division One ‘All Star Game’ with great success. A selection of the leagues best players made up the ‘North vs South’ teams.

1995
1996

Wheelchair Basketball Breakthrough

New opportunities were provided to players with varying physical needs as a wheelchair basketball team became part of the Crusaders organization competing in the local Development League.

1996
1997

Elevating the Women's Game

Crusaders started a Women’s team playing in the Leicestershire league along with competitive youth teams in an effort to encourage more female players to participate in basketball at all levels.

1997
1998

Crusader Foundation Launched

A charity set up and run by the Crusaders with the aim of using basketball as a vehicle to reach out to young people irrespective of race, age, sexual orientation, or financial status, and with the goals of promoting positive experiences, healthy lifestyles, team building skills and racial harmony. The Crusader Foundation grew to serve over 1000 children weekly.

1998
1999

New Local Youth League

The Crusader Foundation launched the Central Venue League. A basketball league aimed at providing young people in the Coventry and Warwickshire area the chance to practice and compete in an ever growing sport.

1999
2001

Expansions of Crusaders Women's Teams

Coventry Quality Cats merged under the umbrella of Coventry Crusaders Basketball Club. They had a swift rise through the divisions with honors that included: 1991 Division 2 Playoff Champions/Promotion to Division 1, 1995 National Championship Finalist, 1995 and 1999 National Cup Finalist. Crusaders would continue to run their other Women’s team in the Leicestershire League.

2001
Coventry Crusaders U16 Conference Champions
2003

National League Youth Teams

The introduction of boy’s U14, U16 and U18 teams gave promising young players the chance to train and compete at the national level with a specialized development pathway. Highlights included an unbeaten season and Conference Championship for Crusaders U16 team in only in their second season, along with multiple U16 and U18 Conference Championships in the following seasons.

2003
2004

Alumni Honors for Crusaders Owner

Crusaders owner and player/coach, Dip Donaldson, travelled to the USA with his family to receive the Alumni of the Year Award from his former university, Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Dip was recognized for his personal achievements as a basketball player, as well as his persistent participation in communities using basketball to guide young people.

2004
Coventry Crusaders 1993/94 championship winning side
2004

Recognizing Greatness

Crusaders featured in “Coventry & Warwickshire’s Top 50 Greatest Sporting Moments” run by the city’s leading newspaper – The Coventry Evening Telegraph, as the 1993/94 championship winning team pioneered the club into 28th place in the top 50. This showed that despite the club’s short presence in the city compared to other major sports teams such as the Coventry City Football Club and Coventry Rugby Club, the club became a recognized and incorporated part of the city.

2004
2005

Filipino Charity Game

International relationships strengthened as the Crusaders held a charity game between Crusaders U16 team and a Filipino All Stars team. The event took place as a fundraiser for Crusaders Foundation and Filipino based Handog Natin, providing great entertainment and cultural appreciation for the local community.

2005
2007

Relocating to the USA

Coach and club Owner Dip Donaldson along with his wife Beth, and their 6 children moved “across the pond” to Longmont, Colorado, USA, leaving daily operations of Coventry Crusaders Basketball Club in trusted hands.

2007
Crusaders AAU Team based in Longmont, CO, USA
2008

Crusaders activities begin stateside

Crusaders activities began in the USA with multiple boys and girls training sessions along with competitive AAU teams.

2008
2010

The End of an Era

This was to be the final season before pulling out of all National League competition in the UK, ending a legendary era of the Coventry Crusaders Basketball Club.

2010
2016

A New Vision - DIP Crusaders

It was during this period where the vision began to take shape for “DIP Crusaders” – Developing International Players. Based on former experiences, shared passions, and a window of opportunity to further the game of basketball worldwide, the first steps for the next chapter of Crusaders Basketball were in place.

2016
Coach Dip and Coach Tim developing young players in Kunming, China.
2018

Crusaders in China

As part of our International Basketball Development, a group of Crusaders coaches visited Kunming, China, to provide multiple basketball camps for several hundred young players.

2018
2021

Crusaders International Reignited

In Colorado Springs, CO, USA, we reignited Crusaders International – the nonprofit organization which DIP Crusaders operates under. The goal remains the same; to provide young players unique development opportunities, unite players from all walks of life and grow the game of basketball worldwide. As we aim to build on the legacy of Crusaders basketball, we are committed to growing the game of basketball in the Colorado Springs area and beyond.

2021

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