Police Officers Serve As Volunteer Coaches In YMCA’s Midnight Basketball League

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Local law enforcement officers are volunteering with the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA to coach youth basketball this summer.

YMCA officials say by bringing kids and law enforcement together, they hope to create stronger bonds between the two.

“The midnight basketball league is great and gives Law enforcement in this county an opportunity to instill trust in those that participate,” says Randolph County Sheriff Gregory Seabolt. “With law-enforcement in general across America being looked down upon in a negative light, we must make every opportunity to be a part of the community. I feel certain that friendships will develop which will build a stronger bond between citizens and law-enforcement. I commend YMCA Director Patrick O’Hara and Program Coordinator Joe Taureck for their time in organizing this league.”

The Y’s Midnight Basketball Program is possible this year thanks to partnership with the City of Asheboro Recreation Department, the Asheboro Police Department, and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Y’s goal is to give our young people positive outlets for their time and energy,” says Joe Taureck, Youth Sports Director. “For years we have leaned on community volunteers to serve as scorekeepers and coaches. This year, with the support of the Asheboro Police Department and Randolph County Sherriff’s Office, local officers will serve in these roles, building connections and encouraging teamwork, healthy activity and fun.”

Over 200 participants, ages 8 to 18, will engage with The Midnight Basketball program from Randolph County Schools, Asheboro City Schools, and other surrounding school systems.

YMCA officials say games will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. during July

“It is important that kids see first-hand that our officers are people, too,” says Asheboro Police Chief Mark Lineberry. “We are moms and dads, neighbors and people they can count on when they needs us. Basketball gives us a great way to build those connections with kids and their families.”

Officials say no child will be turned away due to an inability to pay thanks to help from Randolph County United Way and community sponsors.

Click here to learn more about the basketball program.