Mayor Landrieu, National Basketball Players Association To Award First-Ever Midnight Basketball Scholarships To Participants
NEW ORLEANS – On Saturday, Sept. 16, Mayor Landrieu, David LaFleur, CAO of the National Basketball Players Association Foundation (NBPA Foundation), and city officials will present the first round of Midnight Basketball scholarships to three Season 15 participants at the final game of the season at the NORD Stallings St. Claude Recreation Center, 4300 St. Claude Ave., at 8:00 p.m.
The scholarships will assist recipients with improving job readiness educational advancement.
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. The NBPA Foundation’s commitment will provide select Midnight Basketball participants the opportunity for education and training programs in New Orleans.
Midnight Basketball is a part of Mayor Landrieu’s comprehensive Murder Reduction Strategy, NOLA FOR LIFE and reaches young men who may be at risk of being impacted by violent crime in the city. Since its launch in January 2012, the program has offered more than 13,000 participants access to jobs, job training, education and other resources.