NEW ORLEANS — On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the City of New Orleans alongside the New Orleans Pelicans, Domino’s Pizza and PlayNOLA will continue Season 14 of NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball, a program that focuses on providing safe recreational activity, jobs and opportunities in crime hot spots for males over 16 years old through basketball, mentorship and support.
The event will include remarks from NOPD Commander Roderic Carey. The resource provider is Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), a local organization offering New Orleans youth between the ages of 7 and 24 academic services including tutoring, literacy instruction, post-secondary education opportunities and other resources. Additionally, the New Orleans Public Library will be available to sign residents up for library cards and provide information on free programs including the YMCA’s YES! Program.
The NORD Milne NOLA FOR LIFE Center (5420 Franklin Ave.) is hosting this season’s program with registration beginning at 7 p.m. and the tournament tipping off at 8 p.m. Regular tournament play will continue every Saturday night through April 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Players and spectators can also enter a raffle for a chance to win a Nike or Best Buy gift card. Additionally, players will receive Midnight Basketball t-shirts. Domino’s Pizza will also provide complimentary pizza for participants and spectators.
Local role model and radio personality DJ Wild Wayne plays an essential role in NOLA FOR LIFE efforts by lending his media presence every week to share the benefits of participating in Midnight Basketball with his listeners.
NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball is a part of Mayor Landrieu’s comprehensive NOLA FOR LIFE strategy to reduce murders in New Orleans. Midnight Basketball aims to reach young men who are most likely at risk for being victims of or contributors to violent crime in the city. Midnight Basketball’s inaugural season started in January 2012.
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About NOLA FOR LIFE
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. 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 implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting, Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. In the four and a half years since NOLA FOR LIFE launched, there has been a 22% reduction in murder rate. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org external link external link and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.
In June 2016, the City of New Orleans released the NOLA FOR LIFE 2016 Four-Year Progress Report, which details why certain initiatives were selected, who they are reaching and the results they have produced. View the Progress Report: http://nolaforlife.org/files/nolaforlife_progressreport_2016_long_070816-web/