Starting next month, Flint’s first city-organized youth basketball league in 15 years will tip off.
Sean Croudy, the city’s director of community recreation, says the program will fill a void in after-school programs for 8- to 17-year-olds. Croudy adds it’s not just about playing basketball.
“Teamwork, build self-esteem,” says Croudy. “A lot of learning opportunities.”
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says promoting sports is also an important part of helping Flint kids exposed to high lead levels in the city’s tap water.
“This would have been important even if we hadn’t had a water crisis,” says Weaver. “But when you talk about what’s going on as far as physical health and combating some of the effects of the water issues that we faced, this is extremely important.”
The city is collaborating with CMB Basketball, Eagle's Nest Academy and Cathedral of Faith.