MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Good, positive, constructive activity; that’s the goal of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s new “Friday Night Lights” program.
Young people from across the city can find structured play at community centers each Friday night. Activities include swimming, basketball, art, table games, and of course, there is food.
Strickland says the program, meant to re-energize libraries and community centers, has seen a 25%boost in participation and 57% increase in youth athletics participation since 2015.
“Kids need to be allowed to be kids and they need to have a good and safe place to play. We’re just trying to provide more opportunities and outlets for them,” said Strickland.
The mayor said Friday Night Lights will run through the end of the summer.