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SEASON 14 OF MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL LAUNCHEs ON MArch 11th AT NORD Milne NOLA FOR LIFE CENTER! (MAP)

Midnight Basketball provides safe recreational opportunities in crime hot spots for young men who are most at risk of being victims or perpetrators of violent crime in New Orleans. During 8-week seasons, participants are connected to positive role models, community resources, jobs and educational opportunities. The free basketball tournament was launched in January 2012 as part of the Saving Our Sons initiative. Today with support from community partners and sponsors, Midnight Basketball has touched over 10,000 participants.

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Season 14

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This week's winners
DND

Bracketology

Bracket posted Mondays

INDEPENDENT GAMING LEAGUE (IGL)
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Our mission is to bring people together to learn, compete, and play. IGL does this by producing events of various sizes and scopes that combine industry professionals and local gaming communities to participate in panels, keynotes, and competitive esports tournaments. Learn more at IGL.gg.  In partnership with Operation Spark for Midnight Basketball, IGL aims to provide an NBA2K17 gaming tournament experience that will lead people to learn about the behind the scenes work of game coding with Operation Spark.

 

IGL GAMING NBA2K17 CHAMPIONS
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OPERATION SPARK
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Operation Spark, Operation Spark is on a mission to bring youth new opportunity by teaching them how to code. Software powers everything from Facebook to the phone in your pocket to an airplane and it's never been easier to learn how to do it yourself. With average salaries starting out at $65,000 it's a great industry to get into and there are plenty of jobs. Software developers at Operation Spark will be available to talk about what a career in coding looks like and why you should consider getting into it.  


 

Speaker
Greg “True Champ” Davis

Greg Davis was born in Chicago and came to New Orleans at the age of 9 years old.  He moved to New Orleans East and attended Livingston Middle School and Marion Abramson Senior High School.  Then, he graduated from Sarah T. Reed. 

He started boxing at an early age and had a perfect amateur boxing record, which he left to embark in a life of crime to achieve money and material things.  In doing so, he lost numerous friends to death and prison.  He found himself in prison for murder and decided the street life was for the birds.  He prayed and said the famous prayer, “Lord if you get me out of this false situation i will never be around negative situations again.”  He was blessed to be freed.  Next, he said what can I do to make good money similar to the street life.  So, he began boxing again.  He went on to be undefeated. 

He wanted to invest his money that he made, but then Katrina hit was forced to move to Houston.  He found himself back in the street life just, but returned home to new Orleans to rebuild himself and city.  He opened champion pharmacy, champion medical clinic and grocery store, and restaurant and bar.  He wasn’t happy and decided to give up some of his businesses to start a non-profit organization with my childhood friend Joseph Dillard.

He went back to what he loved most, boxing.  He became a teacher, mentor, and returned to boxing.  He will be fighting Mr. Roy Jones Jr , one of the most decorated boxers of all times on July 28th at the Lakefront Arena, who also is his hero.  Roy is a five time World Champion and gold medalist. 

Greg believes his mission is to  mentor kids to let them know it’s more to life than the streets and to keep positive and faith.   Pursue your dreams no matter how many times you fail. Just get back up and keep trying  because he did, so can you.

GREG “TRUE CHAMP” Davis 

This week's winners
Team X

Bracketology

Bracket posted Mondays

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (YEP)

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Through its ten programs, YEP provides New Orleans youth between the ages of 7 and 24 with an array of age-appropriate services that include high school equivalency and literacy instruction; assistance with transitioning into post-secondary education and employment opportunities; job readiness training; afterschool enrichment; academic support and tutoring; summer programming; mentoring; intensive case management; assistance with basic needs; and a holistic set of client-centered ancillary wrap-around services that are unique to each youth and their individual circumstances.

 

 

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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Speaker
Bryan Manning, IGL Tournament Organizer

Bryan Manning is an eSports Management Agent and Tournament coordinator. His interest in gaming piqued when he was introduced to the owners and project managers of the Independent Gaming League (IGL). He began by hosting eSports tournaments at gaming conventions and online. Once becoming proficient in hosting he decided to start his own eSports management company. With his incredible management and social skills Bryan's elevation and success in the gaming world is inevitable.

Our Partners

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PlayNOLA
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Q93's Wild Wayne
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NORDC

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