In 1957, a group of men in Kenton County, Kentucky, organized the Kenton Pee-Wee Football League (currently named the Northern Kentucky Youth Football League or NKYFL), it was made up of 8 teams of 35 boys, each in an age group not to exceed 13 years old. These teams were to be sponsored only by Civic or Social Organizations, and not have any commercial affiliation whatsoever. The Erlanger Lions Club was invited to enter a team in this league; the Pee-Wee program was presented to the Board of Directors of the Lions Club by Mr. Carl Ruh. He was supported by Lions Paul Wright, Lion President Charles Ramey, Lion Dick Penny, Lion Kreko Graves and Lion Walter Bain. This responsibility for organizing a team was given to the Boys and Girls Committee (currently named Youth Activities) of the Erlanger Lions Club and the services of Mr. Harlan Strong, a 1957 graduate and former rough and rugged tackle of the Lloyd Memorial High School Juggernauts varsity football squad was obtained as coach. Harlan was only 19 years old in 1958 when he took this position and he continued to serve the Erlanger Lions youth until 1977.
From our Inaugural Season in 1958 where our Erlanger Lions went undefeated and were ranked 9th in the nation, to winning a Super Youth Bowl at Riverfront Stadium in November of 1970, and to adding new divisions throughout the years and numerous Super Bowl appearances the Erlanger Lions in the past 55 years have achieved many championships, however our Youth Program is really about the game of LIFE. Character is built in a TEAM. Many generations of families have traveled through the Erlanger Lions Youth Activities Program. They have returned as coaches, director, concessions, team moms and many other volunteer positions. We do not have enough space to give all the recognition due to all the years. Erlanger Lions Youth Activities has a long tradition of providing a forum through coaching and youth sports to unite friendships and community, create understanding of the sports, and encourage one another in becoming service minded adults that serve the community and others while promoting high ethical standards.