Mission Statement

It is the Mission of the Spoon’s League Program to educate, empower, minister to the social, educational needs, confidence, commitment and integrity to the youth in this program. So they can live a productive, and successful tomorrow. Our goal is to teach young athletes respect for themselves, their peers, their parents and the community by establishing a code of ethics built on honesty, responsibility and teamwork.

Together, our players, volunteers, officials, families will work with unyielding spirit to cultivate a safe and disciplined environment so every child can reach their full potential, develop their talents and increase their skills in the game of basketball, and more important…Life.


After 28 years of running summer program, 'Spoon' looks to pass the torch


Updated: Mar 07, 2018 06:29 PM EST

A long-time basketball league for inner-city kids could be looking at a change in the future.  Melvin Witherspoon has been running the 'Spoon's Summer Basketball League' for 28 years, but says the time is coming to pass the torch.  

At today's City Council meeting, Witherspoon suggested handing the program over to the city to create a city-run 'Summer Recreation League'.  Witherspoon has two more

New ‘Spoon’s Court’ unveiled on Erie’s east side


By Kevin Flowers  

Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 12:01 AM

Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 6:14 AM

Rev. Dwane Brock, of Victory Christian Center and the Eagle’s Nest Leadership Corp., worked with the Erie Community Foundation and the Erie Housing Authority to make the new courts a reality.

The way Jyleek Evans looks at things, the two new blacktopped basketball courts at East 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue — the ones with the glass backboards, breakaway rims and padded supports — represent more than just a cool place to practice jump shots.

“Building this was a way for the youth to have something better

Spoon's Summer Basketball League in Full Swing


Posted: Jul 23, 2015 11:35 PM EDT

Updated: Jul 30, 2015 11:35 PM EDT

Erie's recent gun crimes, many committed by juveniles, has sparked a surge of ideas on ways to lower violence from local leaders. 

But one long-time program in Erie is all about basketball - Spoon's Summer Basketball League, something started by Erie City Councilman Mel Witherspoon, 25 years ago.      

It's become a huge program with about 300 kids participating, giving them an opportunity to have fun off the streets.

Most nights in July and some of August, passerby will find dozens....