Did you ever know someone who enjoyed participating in a sport but couldn’t continue at the middle school or high school level?

Meadville’s not the first or only place to experience that, but there now are alternatives for youth to continue with some of their athletic interests.

We’re glad to see a group offering an inner-city basketball league.

“Kids who did not make the (school) team were very discouraged,” Rosemary Richardson, one of the parents and also a coach, told the Tribune. “They were shamed and were giving up on basketball. We couldn’t have that. So we all put our heads together and this is what we came up with. It’s still a work in progress.”

The league meets on Friday evenings at the Meadville YMCA thanks in large part to sponsors Joyce and Bob Klasen. Between 11 and 14 kids ranging from age 5 to 15 are involved.

And we were equally pleased to see members of the Meadville Police Department meet the inner-city team in a game last week at Second District Elementary School.

“I thought it would be a cool thing to come together and play them,” Sgt. Neil Falco said.

And it’s pretty cool to see youth get a second chance on the basketball court on a competitive level.

And this may not be a one-time thing.

“We’re talking about hopefully having a summer football league,” Falco said.

We hope they find similar success to give more opportunities to the area’s youth.

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