Hornets in the Community: Gordon Visits Midnight Basketball

Gordon Visits Midnight Basketball

April 4, 2013

So, maybe there should have been some requirements for entering the dunk contest. Requirement number one: You have to be able to actually dunk a basketball. Fortunately, the majority of the young men who entered the contest could actually dunk, and one of them particularly well. So well in fact, that he found himself holding a trophy and taking a picture next to Eric Gordon at the end of the night, as the winner of the dunk contest.

The New Orleans Hornets’ starting shooting guard made a guest appearance at NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball this Saturday, March 30, at KIPP Central City. Gordon joined Hornets radio analyst John DeShazier for a question-and-answer session before sitting in as the celebrity judge for the dunk contest that followed.

“This is a great event for the young men in this city,” said Gordon. “I’m proud to be a part of an organization that gives young men like this a safe environment to play basketball and enjoy themselves.”

In addition to the Q&A with DeShazier, Gordon went on to answer questions from the crowd as well. Some of the questions referred to the Hornets’ recent home games, but others referred to the general lifestyle of an NBA player.

The young men in attendance played multiple pickup games during the night, as the event started at 8 p.m. and lasted until midnight. DJ Wild Wayne emceed the event and provided commentary and music throughout the evening.

NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball strives to provide safe recreational opportunities in crime hot spots for young men through the game of basketball. It gives participants a chance to play basketball in a safe environment and hear from people around the city about staying focused on their futures and dreams.

NOLA FOR LIFE is part of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city’s historically-high murder rate. The organization was developed in May 2012.