PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge Elorza, the Department of
Recreation and the Providence Police Department today announced the open
registration period for the 2018 Midnight Basketball League, which promotes
healthy competition and aims to improve community relations through evening
recreation opportunities for young men and women.
“We're excited to bring Midnight
Basketball back for a fourth straight year,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “We
continue our commitment to recreation and to finding positive and safe outlets
for young adults throughout the city. I thank all the partners who make this
program successful and look forward to another great year.”
Open registration for young adults ages 18 years and older who
would like to participate in the Midnight Basketball League will be held on
Saturday, May 19 from 11AM-2PM at the Department of Recreation at 11 West
Drive, Providence, RI 02904. Registration is free for Providence residents; a
$25 fee will be assessed for non-Providence residents who would like to
participate. Registration is granted on a first come, first-served basis for a
maximum of six teams per league, per location. Teams must maintain a minimum
roster of eight players to be eligible.
“As we approach our fourth year of the
Midnight Basketball program, we have already witnessed what an outstanding
resource it has been to motivate and encourage city youth to stay active during
the summer months,” said Colonel Clements. “Having this program available also
allows participants to gain a sense of teamwork and sportsmanship while at the
same time deters them from becoming involved with violent or criminal activity.
We thank Mayor Elorza and our partners in the Recreation Department for
supporting this extremely beneficial program within our community.”
Games will be played every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6PM,
7PM and 8PM beginning on July 10, 2018. Men’s league games will be played on
the outdoor basketball courts at Davis Park, Bucklin Park, Fox Point Park and
Davey Lopes Park with alternate indoor locations in case of rain. Women’s
league games will be played indoors at the Sackett Recreation Center. The
championship games for both leagues will be held at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The 2018 summer Midnight Basketball League is provided through a
partnership including the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Recreation, the
Dunkin Donuts Center, the Providence Police Department, RI State Police and
Partnership for Providence Parks.