On Saturday, January 27th, Worcester Common Ground kicked off its third season of the Trinity Lutheran Youth Basketball League. The program, which began in 2015 through a neighborhood task force initiative to combat violence and drug activity in the Pleasant and Piedmont areas, has supported over 200 kids. In an effort to include as many families as possible, the league is offered free of charge. Uniforms, equipment, refreshments, and awards are funded through community grants and sponsorships. This past weekend, families and neighbors packed the Trinity gym for a set of three, one-hour games, cheering on the enthusiastic players. 

Players are welcomed from a number of neighborhood schools including Chandler Community, Woodland Academy, Elm Park Community, and Jacob Hiatt, while coaches are volunteer teachers from Woodland Academy and Elm Park Community School, and residents of the neighborhood. In the 2018 league, the six teams will play eight games, culminating in a championship day and pancake breakfast for the players and their families. Worcester Common Ground and Trinity Lutheran Church are proud to support free youth programming as a tool for constructive and successful community engagement. We can't wait to see what this season brings!