NEW ORLEANS — On Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, the City of New Orleans along with the New Orleans Pelicans, Domino’s Pizza, PlayNOLA and DJ Wild Wayne, will continue the sixteenth 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 Rosenwald Recreation Center (1120 S. Broad St.). Tournament play will be held every Saturday night through December 9, with the exception of November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
In partnership with the National Basketball Players Association Foundation (NBPA Foundation), the City is offering Midnight Basketball scholarships to participants to attend industry-certified job training programs in New Orleans. Interested players are encouraged to visit the JOB1 table at Midnight Basketball to apply. The deadline for application is November 18, 2017. For more information on the Midnight Basketball scholarships, click here.
Each week, Midnight Basketball features a speaker who encourages participants to pursue success in various parts of their lives. During tomorrow’s tournament, participants will hear from Greg “True Champ” Davis, Founder of Dillard and Davis Youth Organization; a program empowering teenage students to make life choices that positively impact their future through community-based mentoring and intensive training. Tournament winners will receive a Domino’s Pizza Gift Card and New Orleans Pelicans Jersey. Domino’s Pizza will also be available for players and spectators.
Local role model and radio personality DJ Wild Wayne, who plays an essential role in NOLA FOR LIFE efforts by lending his media presence every week, will host the evening’s tournament.
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 13,000 participants access to jobs, job training, education and other resources.
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 five years since NOLA FOR LIFE launched, there has been a 25% reduction in murder rate. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org 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. Click here to view the Progress Report.
About The National Basketball Players Association Foundation
The NBPA Foundation is the charitable arm of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the union for current professional basketball players in the NBA. The Foundation provides strategic funding and support for players' community engagement initiatives worldwide. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.nbpafoundation.com.