Hub City Street Hoops: 'more than just basketball'
In 2009, it became Leditt Butler's mission to help teenagers throughout Lubbock. He started Hub City Street Hoops.
"I love it," Butler said. "Not only beating them in basketball, but teaching them something everyday."
Butler grew up playing street ball in East Lubbock. A game he credits for keeping him motivated.
"It was a vision of mine that I believe God gave to me," Butler said.
He wanted to create an environment specifically for teens. So he founded the free basketball league that is open all year.
"It helps keep me out of trouble and it makes me focus on school and focus on sports," 14-year-old Derrick Butler said.
The goal is to mentor these young adults, so they feel as if they can achieve anything.
"I feel like their mentality, if we don't give them something besides what they see, then they're only going to do status quo," Butler said. "You know if someones selling drugs, their just going to sell drugs in the neighborhood."
He has made an impact. Butler said he will run into former players often and many of them thank him.
"You see them and ask them what they are doing and they say I'm working now or I'm in school now, so it's good to see that," Butler said.
On top of playing ball, he invites community members and businesses to stop by and share some knowledge with the teens. For more information about the league, click here for the Facebook page.