It's tip off, then off to the races!
Shreveport Parks and Recreation kicked off its Summer Youth Midnight Basketball League, with the aim of keeping kids out of trouble.
"This league was actually designed several years ago by citizens from Shreveport, police officers, and SPAR administration, to get our youth off the streets during high peak crime hours,” says Eumarcus Hicks, Youth Coordinator for SPAR. “And so, we just decided to bring about the game of basketball to intrigue their interest."
Organizers want kids to realize it's not just basketball, it's about learning life lessons.
Before players even touch the court, they have to attend two 30-minute life skill workshops right before their game.
Hicks teaches the student athletes about C.A.R.E.: Commitment, Accountability Responsibility and Expectation.
"Without those four key components in life, you really tend to struggle a little bit, but however when you implement those four key components, it has a tendency to make life a little easy for you," says Hicks.
And if you ask the kids, they're having fun either way.
"I learned more about basketball in the summer league, 'cause some of the stuff last summer, I did not know about," says Marcus Plater.
"I like that it's a chance to get to play basketball during the summer, because there's not a lot of leagues like this," says Sutton Smith.
The games are played at SPAR gyms across the city on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you would like to register your child or youth team, click here to find out how.