ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - If you're looking for something to do this Friday night, the City of Alexandria Parks and Recreation has just event for you.
The department, along APD and the Stop the Violence/Alexandria Chapter are hosting Midnight Basketball at the Frank O' Hunter Gym on Willow Glen River Road.
The tournament will be for anyone in Central Louisiana who are 17 to 24 years of age. Of course anyone who wants to come watch is invited as well.
The event is free to participate, registration starts at 7 p.m. and the first tip off will be at 8.
Along with the games, attendees will also be treated to pizza provided by CiCi's and a chance to win a few raffles from Sneaker House.
Most importantly, the City has also invited the National Guard, CLTCC, and other community organizations to come down to offer employment and education opportunities to these young adults.
"The main thing they can expect is that it's going to be a lot more than basketball,” said Chris Patterson, Parks and Rec Director. “They're going to walk in and think it's just a game, and then they're going to start seeing the people from the community here. Options, opportunities that are available to them. Some of them may want to go to school, just don't know how to go through with it. Nowadays you're taught things, but you don't really have a lot of mentors to follow. So we're bringing it to them. Military opportunities, school opportunities, employment opportunities. We hope to get one or two people signed up every night for a job.
If you can't make this Friday, don't worry, the season will last six weeks. And the Parks and Recreation Department also holds Teen Nights on Saturdays for anyone 13 to 17 years old. Those events are also held at the Frank O’ Hunter Gym from 7 p.m. to 9:30.