Anniston is the latest city to try and curb crime with a late-night youth program.
Monday, the city announced it would start a midnight basketball program, which will run from September to October. Games will run from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The idea for the program goes back more than 20 years and was endorsed by former Presidents George H. Bush and Bill Clinton.
"Violent crimes, especially with young people, really happen between the hours [of] 7 p.m. to about...12 a.m. Our hope is for, during that time period, to keep them off of the streets, and away from possibilities of getting into stuff with negative environments," councilor Seyram Selase said.
Anyone interested in forming or joining a team can register at Anniston City Hall or at any of the city's six community centers. Here are some important dates and information for the program:
-Available for youth between 13 and 18.
-Maximum of seven players per team.
-Must register by Aug. 31; $1 registration fee for each player.
-Teams must provide their own uniforms and shirts must have numbers.
-All teams must be present for the bracket assignment ceremony Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at the South Highland Community Center.
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