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The other SNL: New York City’s athletic approach to curbing rising gun violence

SNL started in 2010, the same year Cy Vance assumed the role of Manhattan DA, when the office realized that the Police Athletic League Gym in West Harlem, which usually offered sports programming for young people, was closed on weekend nights, when crime rates tend to surge, so precisely when vulnerable teens needed to stay occupied. “That made no sense to us at all,” Vance says. So, in the first iteration of SNL, they brought in coaches from Pro Hoops to offer “world-class basketball programming” to kids ages 12 to 18, providing, Vance says, “a safe and positive place to be on Saturday nights.”