NEW ORLEANS — On Saturday, March 25, 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 STRIVE Future Leaders Facilitator Vladimir Celius. The STRIVE Future Leaders program is an arm of the City’s STRIVE New Orleans program and supports young adults between the ages of 18–24 who have been involved in the justice system. The service provider is Park Place Premier Barber School. They will offer opportunities to sign up for their next courses. Additionally, Park Place Premier Barber School will give vouchers for one free haircut to each participant and interested spectator.
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 Basketball, New Orleans Pelicans jersey and a gift card donated by the Big Easy Kiwanis Club. 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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