Lynchburg Legends Win Championship in First Season

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Lynchburg Legends win Colonial Division Championship in their first season and serve the community with Captain Damien Hubbard and CEO Derek Polley, both Liberty University Alumni, leading the way.

Dominating their division and dedicated to their community, the Lynchburg Legends semi-professional basketball team won the Colonial Division Championship in their inaugural season under the leadership of team captain Damien Hubbard who was also selected to the 2012 All Star Team from a pool of over 700 players. Prior to joining the Legends, Hubbard had been captain for the Liberty University Flames.

Finishing the season with a 15-5 overall record, the team ranked No. 10 out of 90 teams. The Legends are commanding respect on the court while also connecting with their city.

President and CEO Derek Polley, a 2009 Liberty graduate, worked two years building the fast-paced team, seeking the best in athletic competitors and positive role models. “A professional athlete has a platform to be a leader in the community,” said Polley.

“Derek and Damien are making us proud,” said Liberty Alumni Director, Tyler Falwell. “These guys are living out what it means to be a champion.”

As champions on and off the court, the Legends have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army and Jubilee Development Center to mentor children and youth. “We are proud to give back to the community that has given so much to us,” stated Polley.

Legends players invest in the lives of Lynchburg youth teaching dribbling and free throws in after-school programs but put down the basketballs to prepare and distribute meals with the Salvation Army.

Recently, Polley, Hubbard and the team donated time, food and game tickets to help with the “Taking the Lead Youth Conference” in the Coalition for HIV Awareness/Prevention among many other service activities.

The Lynchburg Legends bear watching in the basketball seasons to come and are earning their place as examples of caring, committed service in their community.

About Liberty University

Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., is the world’s largest Christian university. More than 12,000 students attend classes on its 6,500-acre residential campus and more than 65,000 study through its thriving online education program.

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