NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu, along with the New Orleans Pelicans, RPM Pizza and PlayNOLA announced Friday the start of the 10th season of NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball, a program that focuses on providing safe recreational opportunities in crime hot spots for males over 16 years old through basketball, mentorship and support.
The free eight-week season will kick off at Joe. W. Brown Recreation Center (5601 Read Blvd.) on Sat., Oct. 24 with registration beginning at 7 p.m. and the tournament tipping off at 8 p.m.
Regular tournament play will continue Saturday nights, from Oct. 24 to Dec.19, from 7 p.m. to midnight each Saturday night, with the exception of Nov. 28.
Season ten's theme, "Rise Above," will introduce participants to positive role models from the community who can provide mentorship and educational support by encouraging participants to pursue their academic goals and stay focused on personal achievement.
The team that wins the most 5-on-5 NCAA-type tournaments by the season's end will receive a $1,000 grand prize.