In the summer of 2015, the Roanoke Police Department joined Roanoke City Mayor Sherman Lea, Roanoke Parks and Recreation and several other community organizations to start the Lea Youth Outdoor Basketball League (LYOB).
Designed to give kids and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 18 a quality summertime activity, LYOB plays at Eureka Park on Thursday nights between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. in June and July. There is a $10 fee for each player that covers all costs.
Mayor Lea said that while basketball attracts the kids to the league, it's what they learn from the "quality moment" presentations before each game that he hopes they'll remember. "We’ll have people from all walks of life come forward to discuss how they have overcome obstacles to attain success," Lea explained.