NEW ORLEANS, LA--Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball participants to announce that Mayor Nutter is committing $2,500 to the NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball program. The two mayors entered into a friendly wager over the outcome of the January 4th NFL Playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles with each mayor promising to provide a "cultural gift" and "community gift." The Saints defeated the Eagles 26 – 24.
Video: Mayor Landrieu welcomes Mayor Michael Nutter to the Lyons Center
"Our Saints fought hard, and despite what the pundits predicted, we came out on top," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "I am happy to host my good friend Mayor Nutter and to accept his gracious donation to the NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball program. This is an investment in the community and will help to provide safe recreation opportunities for thousands of young men in our city."
Video: Mayor Michael Nutter commits $2,500 do NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball
"It was a great game, but in the end, the Eagles came up short," said Mayor Michael Nutter. "On behalf of the people of Philadelphia, I congratulate the Saints on the win and I am happy to present Mayor Landrieu and NOLA FOR LIFE with this donation. This is an example of our committment to provide the young men of our respsective cities with opportunities to succeed."
Q93 DJ Wild Wayne emceed the event which included an Saints jersey presentation between the two mayors and a raffle of items donated by the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Bets aside, Landrieu and Nutter are strong partners in an effort to end America’s culture of violence in urban areas across the country. Together, they created “Cities United,” an initiative to bring focus and attention to this important issue. Over 50 cities are now on board and New Orleans is set to host the first Cities United conference on February 26-27, 2014.
About Cities United: One of the greatest epidemics facing our country is the death of African American men and boys at the hand of other African American men and boys. Formed in 2011, Cities United is a diverse coalition of mayors working in partnership with aligned organizations dedicated to reducing violent deaths among Black men and boys. Cities United was established to bring mayors from across the country together with community leaders to create opportunities for Black men and boys to achieve their full potential and live long and productive lives. Today, along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, over fifty mayors have joined the coalition.
About NOLA FOR LIFE: Developed in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem and advances initiatives in five main categories including: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention; Promote Jobs and Opportunity; Improve the NOPD; and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. Visit www.nolaforlife.org for more information.