Pictured: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr, and a group of youth basketball players from Police Athletic League Harlem Center
On July 12, 2014, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., staff members from the District Attorney’s Office, and representatives from the Office’s partners in law enforcement joined together to kick off the Third Annual “Drill and Play” basketball tournament. The all-day event, which took place at Basketball City on the Lower East Side, gave youth basketball teams from seven different Saturday Night Lights athletic sites a chance to compete for the championship trophy.
Pictured: Staff members from the District Attorney’s Office
Created in 2011, the Saturday Night Lights program has served over 3,500 boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 18 and provided them with high-quality athletic training on Friday and Saturday nights in high-crime areas of New York City, where young children may be most vulnerable. The program was designed to give kids and teenagers a safe place to go on weekend nights to participate in positive and productive activities, as part of a larger-scale effort to combat crime. The program is free for all participants and funded in part by asset forfeiture money seized through anti-drug initiatives.
Pictured (l-r): Executive Assistant District Attorney for Strategic Initiatives Chauncey Parker; Saturday Night Lights Program Supervisor Mariely Moronta; Director of Juvenile Justice for PAL Bobby Ferazi; Deputy Director of Community Partnerships Linda Jones-Janneh; Director of Community Partnerships Estelle Strykers-Santiago; District Attorney Vance; and Principal Community Coordinator Joselinne Minaya
The Saturday Night Lights program is organized in partnership with the NYPD, DEA Police Athletic League, NYCHA, Pro Hoops, Youth On The Move, Department of Education, Henry Street Settlement, SCAN New York, and Children’s Village.