How does St. Mary Magdalene have a basketball program without a gym? We've been doing it since 2003, thanks to other churches or organizations that have been willing to donate or rent practice time for our athletes. Today, our basketball program consists of 22 teams, the second largest program in our league and the largest Catholic recreational program in Upstate South Carolina.
Why doesn't St. Mary Magdalene have a gym? In February 2007, St. Mary Magdalene launched a $3.8 million One Faith One Family capital campaign that was tied to the diocesan $32 million One Heritage, One Hope capital campaign. One component of the campaign was to build a $2.6 million multipurpose Family Life Center (gym). Unfortunately, 2008 was the beginning of the Great Recession, and it impacted the number of pledges and the payments toward pledges. In 2009, the church met its commitment toward the diocesan capital campaign and retired the church's debt. What was remaining was added to St. Mary Magdalene's building fund. Since then, the church has renovated the Parish Center and developed a Pastoral Plan, which calls for the creation of a Master Campus Plan.