Lea Youth Outdoor Basketball League
LYOB to return, expand this summer
The Lea Youth Outdoor Basketball League [LYOB] is returning to Melrose Park this summer. Designed to give kids and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 18 a quality summertime activity, LYOB will play at Melrose Park on Tuesday and Thursday nights between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. beginning the first week of June. Registration opens in the Spring. There is a $10 fee for each player that covers all costs.
Roanoke City Mayor Sherman Lea said, 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.
Crime Prevention Specialist, Officer Joshua Johnson, came up with the idea that later became LYOB. His goal from the beginning was to improve relations between officers and the community. "The LYOB provided a venue for juveniles and families to interact with officers outside of the law enforcement environment, and due to this relationship, we are able to provide a better service to the community, in Melrose-Rugby and Loudon-Melrose specifically," Officer Johnson said.
The Inner City Athletic Association, Roanoke Parks & Rec, and Roanoke City Schools have also been important partners in this initiative. LYOB reduced crime in the Melrose area by 29-percent last year on nights when the league was playing.
Terry Huxhold, president of the Southeast Action Forum, welcomed LYOB to the neighborhood and said he's excited about what it'll mean for children in the community.
Roanoke Parks & Rec will update the paint and nets for the basketball goals before play begins.
Your source for league schedules and information
Please book mark this page as your source for all league registration, schedule, and inclement weather make-up date information. Also, if you're interested in volunteering, please email us at email@example.com for more information. LYOB is an entirely volunteer dependent organization. Only the VHSL certified referees who officiate each game are paid. We need coaches, mentors, clock operators, potential quality moment speakers, and much more so please help us if you can!