NEW ORLEANS — On Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, the City of New Orleans along with the New Orleans Pelicans, Domino’s Pizza, PlayNOLA and DJ Wild Wayne, will continue the fifteenth season of NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball, which provides safe recreational activity, jobs and opportunities in crime hot spots for young people over 16 years old through basketball, mentorship and support.
The season is being hosted at Stallings St. Claude Recreation Center (4300 St. Claude Ave.). Tournament play will be held every Saturday night through Sept. 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Earlier in the season, players were able to sign up for scholarship opportunities from the National Basketball Players Association Foundation (NBPA Foundation.) As the season comes to a close next Saturday, Sept. 16, the first round of scholarships will be awarded.
During the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend, the NBPA Foundation made a scholarship commitment to Midnight Basketball of $50,000 per year for the next three years. This will provide select Midnight Basketball participants the opportunity to attend industry-certified job training programs in New Orleans.
Each week, Midnight Basketball features a resource provider and speaker who encourage participants to pursue success in various parts of their lives. Tomorrow’s speaker is Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group Executive Kitchen Manager Titus Perkins.
This week’s resource providers are the New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. The New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (NOCVB), the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana, will provide information on career pathways through its NEW ORLEANS WILL campaign. The campaign was created to advocate for the hospitality and tourism industry. The NOCVB will also provide information on a job fair they are hosting on September 13 at Gentilly Baptist Church (5141 Franklin Ave.).
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) will provide information on legal clinics it hosts in southeast Louisiana. Through the legal clinics, SLLS provides the community the opportunity to speak with attorneys about legal matters and refer them to resources. SLLS can also potentially take people on as clients.
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. Since its launch in January 2012, the program has given over 12,000 participants access to jobs, job training, education and other resources.
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