MBLP is an educational, crime- prevention program that focuses predominately on under-served youth and young adults 16-24. Although sports as a whole are used to amass a target audience, contingencies are applied as the participants must attend a series of educational awareness sessions before “hitting the hardwood”; i.e. Health & Wellness, Leadership Empowerment, High School Diploma/GED and Employment preparation. Academically, our focus is centered on Financial Literacy. The areas of basic finance are not as strong, particularly with our targeted group. Modeled after the Midnight Basketball League Program in the Western Regions, it provides recreational activity as a link to connect to outreach youth and young adults. The pilot program was/is extremely successful, which began in March 1986.