Of the many positive impacts of recreation, we strategically utilize/emphasize three in our program; catharsis, socialization, and life-teaching. By participating in the sports and recreation portion of the program youth are able to escape (even though temporarily) life issues/stresses/frustrations, interact with other youth and adults to form meaningful relationships, and learn many life-related lessons (e.g. resilience, communication, teamwork, etc.). Each promote the healthy acquisition of skills and coping mechanisms necessary for one to successfully be able to grapple with, and move forward from, the many life challenges they will be faced with, including the maintenance and nurturing of positive relationships. We also select a handful of youth who demonstrate consistency, punctuality, responsibility, leadership, and resiliency, and use basketball as a forum to coach them life skills. These youth then put these life skills to the test and represent the program in a men's basketball league. We have the pleasure of saying that we were the champions of the most recent MegacityLITE basketball competition (Spring 2017).