Former Glenarden Town Manager G. Van Standifer developed the idea of Midnight Basketball, an innovative program that offered young men the oportunity to play organized sports during summer evening when they were most likely to get into trouble.
Players were required to attend weekly practice, education workshops and vocational counseling. Within a few years, other municipalities throughout the nation formed their own leagues.
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MBL has been launched and recognized locally as well as nationally for it's unique approach and success in improving communities. 60 Minutes, World News Tonight and CNN have aired features on the MBL.
Today the MBL has chapters in over 20 US cities, the United Kingdom and Australia. The program was extremely successful at crime prevention in Prince George's County, Maryland where it originated. The Standifer family plans are underway to mobilize the program to full operations in the summer of 2013.