NEW ORLEANS — On Saturday, Dec. 9, 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 16 years and older 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 Dec. 16 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. The deadline for application has passed and scholarship winners will be announced on the final night of this season. 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 Dr. Andre Tilton, Owner and Operator of New Orleans Medical Clinic (2525 Canal St.). Tournament winners will receive a Domino’s Pizza Gift Card and Pelicans tickets. Additionally, Domino’s will provide complimentary pizza for players and spectators.
The STRIVE Future Leaders program will be available to provide resources to participants. STRIVE Future Leaders supports young adults between the ages of 18–24 who have been involved in the justice system. The program provides participants with case management services, post-secondary education opportunities, occupational skills training, service learning projects, paid internships, education placement assistance and job readiness training.
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.
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