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For Immediate Release

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December 12, 2010 DUSM Garrett Hawk, Eastern District of Louisiana
(504) 589-3131
Deputies and Task Force Officers from the Eastern District of Louisiana Team Up with the Dryades YMCA For Midnight Basketball Program

New Orleans, LA – Deputy U.S. Marshals (DUSMs) and Task Force Officers (TFOs) from the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans partnered with the Dryades YMCA for the city’s rejuvenated Midnight Basketball program.

Midnight Basketball started in 1994 as a way to address the rising involvement of youth as victims and perpetrators of crime. The program takes teens and young adults from ages 17 to 24 off the streets from 9PM to 1AM, the hours when crime and drug abuse are most likely to occur.

The program had been on hiatus for two years due to funding issues, but that problem has since been rectified. The program is now being funded with a $20,000 grant from the United Way.

Midnight Basketball is not just a program where the young men go to shoot hoops on a Saturday night. In order to play, participants must first enroll in the program and prior to the start of the night’s games they must also attend a series of workshops that focus on issues like substance abuse, financial planning and peer pressure.

EDLA DUSMs led some of the workshops, instructing the young men enrolled in the program on topics such as job skills and perhaps most important lesson of all, conflict resolution.

Additionally, DUSMs and TFOs have entered a team in the program that play against the young men and YMCA staff members showing them firsthand the concepts of teamwork, sportsmanship, cooperation and leadership for them to model

For further information contact the EDLA U.S. Marshals Service at (504) 589-6079 Press 1 or visit www.usmarshals.gov/district/la-e/index.html. For more information about Midnight Basketball contact the Dryades YMCA at (504) 587-0903. To learn more about the U.S. Marshals Service visit www.usmarshals.gov.

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