NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Landrieu will join with the New Orleans Hornets and PlayNola to launch the third season of the NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball League. NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball focuses on providing safe recreational opportunities in crime hot spots for young men through the game of basketball. Mentorship and educational support are also key components of this initiative. NOLA for LIFE Midnight Basketball is free of charge and open to males over 16 years old.
Developed in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city’s historically-high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, the NOLA FOR LIFE plan takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and divides the plan into five main categories including: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention; Promote Jobs and Opportunity; Improve the NOPD; and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. Development of the NOLA FOR LIFE plan was fueled by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and the City’s public safety and public health experts.
WHO: Mayor Mitch Landrieu
New Orleans Hornets
WHAT: NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball
WHEN: MONDAY, February 25, 2013
WHERE: KIPP Central City Academy
2514 Third Street
New Orleans, LA 70113