Meet The Owner
The Seattle Transformers are owned & operated by Zach Gill. Zach was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome; a high-functioning form of Autism. Because of his learning ‘disability’, his entire childhood was a lonely uphill climb as he constantly struggled with figuring out how to fit in, and often got taken advantage of by his peers. He had frequent suicide thoughts due to believing him being born was a mistake, and not knowing what his purpose was. Zach came to faith in Christ when he was 21, and got re-baptized at 22. Shortly thereafter, God gave him a vision to start his own basketball team. He called it Christian Faith because he wanted to be bold & unashamed about his newfound personal relationship with Jesus; hoping to use basketball as a tool to spread the Gospel while emulating the humility of Christ. One CF team turned into two teams, two teams turned into three, three to four, etc. Now Christian Faith is a nonprofit organization dedicated towards giving men & women a second basketball life. Zach is also a volunteer Assistant Basketball Coach at Edmonds College in Lynnwood, WA.
God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called
“Be the change you wish to see in the world!” – Gandhi
The Seattle Transformers are a professional basketball organization. The Transformers are part of the Pacific Division in the American Basketball Association (ABA), and are set to have a 2022 expansion team in the Women’s Basketball Development Association (WBDA). The Transformers have partnered with Christian Faith Basketball Club – a nonprofit organization dedicated towards giving men & women a second basketball life. Christian Faith BC will now operate as the developmental organization for the Seattle Transformers.
The Transformers film series chronicles the efforts of the heroic Autobots (lead by Optimus Prime) to defend their homeworld Cybertron from the evil Decepticons (lead by Megatron). Cybertron is a fictional planet populated by mechanical life forms of variable size who can transform into all kinds of machinery if it comes in contact with the AllSpark. The AllSpark, also known as the Cube, is an ancient relic from Cybertron capable of giving life and spirit to normal electronic and mechanical objects. Therefore, the AllSpark is the source of life for all Transformers – both Decepticons & Autobots.
The Transformers film series directly correlates to what we’re about in many ways.
100% of the people you meet are born a ‘sinner’. However, Jesus offers us a free eternal gift to whoever believes and confesses with their mouth that He is Lord. Therefore Jesus, also known as the Holy Spirit, is the source of eternal life for all humans – both the Lost & Found. The most popular concerns with Christianity in today’s world are: Some who consider themselves Found either label & judge the Lost because they don’t live up to their personal standard, or they try too hard to live a perfect life because they believe your salvation can be lost. Most people are inspired to make a positive change when they feel accepted at their lowest point rather than rejected, and the Seattle Transformers aspire to convey that ‘come as you are’ acceptance from top to bottom.
Those coming into our farm-system for the first time are Decepticon’s (in each individual’s own ways), and they start by playing for Christian Faith Basketball Club (our official development organization). The initial commitment level & intentions of players are often transformed after training with us individually long enough to discover their utmost potential, and gain an understanding for what our motive and bigger picture is. They then become an Autobot after sharing their testimonial, and are elevated to the Transformers roster in hopes of playing professionally abroad.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole believing that it is stupid.”
Music & Media Production
Decepticon’s represent mainstream rap, hip hop, alternative, and rock music. Autobots represent every style of Christian music (contemporary, gospel, rock, rap, etc.) along with anything else that has little swearing and a positive message. You don’t want to underwhelm believers with only mainstream secular music, but you also don’t want to overwhelm nonbelievers with too much worship music. Balance is key with anything in life, so why not keep that same energy on gamedays when entertaining the fans and supporters?
Through our inclusive atmosphere on gamedays, as well as the positive impact we’ll continue to have on the community, we will in due-time transform the way the world views Autism & Christianity. That is why we are the Transformers! #BeTransformed