The Salt Lake Sonics, founded in 2014, exists to provide kids with an avenue to compete at the highest levels of basketball, while using the sport as a means to instill a strong work ethic and reinforce the ideals of teamwork so Sonics graduates are prepared to succeed in life.
Bruce Powell founded the Salt Lake Sonics and along with Dajon Thompson and Chris Haner grew the club from the grassroots level, surviving a couple tumultuous years early by staying focused on their long-term vision of opportunity for any kid willing to pick up a basketball and work hard.
“We got kicked out of every gym, basically. I don’t know how we got through it,” Thompson said of the club’s earliest days. Practices were held wherever there was an available hoop, sometimes outside in the 100-degree heat of the summer.
But Thompson, who grew up in Salt Lake City, knew keeping kids on the court was critical. “Once they get away from you, they start to waver,” said Thompson, who’s passionate about wanting to make a difference in his players’ lives.
We know cost is a factor that can prevent families from participation. To that end, no player will be turned away because of a financial hardship. Fees cover uniforms, gym space rental, league fees and tournament costs. Players and parents/guardians are asked to participate in club fundraisers to help cover financial gaps. Salt Lake Sonics is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation. Donations are considered tax deductible. Tax ID: 47-3672723
The Sonics host annual tryouts for 3rd through 8th grade competition teams that compete in the Dimple Dell Super League. Teams also may compete in local AAU-sanctioned tournaments, such as the summer Big Mountain Jam. Travel teams will compete in regional AAU tournaments. Learn more about Our Programs.