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NOPD Joins Team Hope NOLA, ESSENCE in Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser Game

by Ambria R. Washington

June 29, 2017

Categories: Community, Videos

Topics: Community Policing, Districts, Partnerships

In partnership with Team Hope NOLA, NOPD officers took on the New Orleans Fire Department for a third time during the ESSENCE festival charity celebrity basketball game today at Xavier University Convocation Center.

Essence Festival has partnered with Team Hope NOLA, a foundation started by New Orleans own Master P, to help raise money to benefit New Orleans youth through sports and community driven events. The one-of-a-kind celebrity basketball game was one event that was a part of the Essence “Day of Service” activation. 

WATCH: NOPD Joins Team Hope NOLA, ESSENCE festival in Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser 

Team NOPD included:

Terry Bean- Training Academy 

Louis Johnson- Third District 

Edwin Cooper- First District 

Darius Henry- Seventh District 

Daylon Pazon- Special Operations Division

Melvin McCollum- Fifth District 

Harold Nunnery- Sixth District

Jerome Newsome Jr- Third District 

Yaron Pierre- Fifth District


Funds raised from tickets sales will benefit a scholarship fund developed by Essence and Team Hope NOLA to benefit kids in New Orleans.  

Following the first responders game, a lineup of celebrities and professional athletes competed against each other in a celebrity basketball game. The New Orleans Police Department has played against NOFD in the inaugural First Responders Holiday Classic basketball tournament at the New Orleans Pelicans.