What is Midnight Basketball League Programs?

By working together, businesses, government, and individuals can provide constructive alternatives for the young men at risk of drug, crime, and gang-related activity. The Midnight Basketball League keeps young men off the streets, teaches them self-discipline, and gives them an opportunity to make a positive change in their lives.

The Midnight Basketball League Program has proven effective in helping young men develop their self-esteem, obtain the skills, gain the drive to finish school, get their GED, further their education, learn a trade, or find employment. It also gives them the self-respect and inner strength to avoid drugs and resist criminal activity.

We are MORE than just basketball!

Workshops are the key to the Midnight Basketball League Programs.

  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Know The Law, Know Your Rights
  • Higher Education
  • How To Apply For College Financial Aid
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Adult Education

Local Social Service Agencies, Community Colleges, and the Health Departments are contacts in some or all of these areas.

WATN: Midnight Basketball League – general action
Credit: Courtesy of Larry Gray

WHY IT WORKS

MBLP achieves results because:

  • The four hour period (10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.) scheduled for our program occurs when temptations to crime and drug activity are the greatest.
  • The front-end commitment of youth and young adults to the program and the discipline/reward system within the program provides participants with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • A wide variety of workshops and scholarship opportunities available encourage the young adult to reflect on the present life situation and future vocational goals.
  • The volunteer efforts of adults, financial and in-hand contributions of businesses make the program work.
  • The program provides some par-time and full-time entry-level employment for the participants of the communities in which they live.
  • Interaction with prominent law enforcement, businesses and community leaders give the participants respect for the individuals and fosters better mutual understanding.
  • The wide variety of workshops and scholarship opportunities available encourages the young adult to reflect on their life situation and establish future goals.
  • Basketball is the sport of choice for the target population.
  • Basketball is an activity in which both individual talent and group teamwork is necessary to achieve the desired result.
  • A draft at the beginning of each season spreads talent over all teams, and insures a maximum degree of competition within each league. No team will participate in-tack. The draft processes of participants from the community in which they live forms the teams.
  • The mandatory use of all players in each game and required man-to-man defense insures a high degree of participation and physical activity.
  • The high ration of adults to young adults (1:6) and the fact that all coaches are community leaders combine to communicate a sense of concern and commitment to those participating in the program.
  • The recreational program for post-high school youth begins at a time of rapid and often difficult transition in one’s education and employment, continues all year and affords young adults an opportunity to learn.

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