A program designed to lower crime on Tulsa streets hasn't seen the attention it was promised.
We first reported in April the mayor was going to continue Bridges of Faith.
But supporters say they haven't seen the support.
"We need help," said Mayor Dewey Bartlett, in that press conference. "The kids we're talking about in this community need help."
However, Tulsa Dream Center Director Tim Newton says he hasn't seen it.
"It never really panned out. No one submitted teams," he said.
Newton says Bartlett or any of the pastors who agreed to help bridge the gap in Tulsa didn't help.
"We already had two teams ready to go to play games every week," Newton told FOX23's Dontaye Carter. "We told the guys we were going to have the league. That's very important for me. If you say you're going to do something you need to do it."
Newton and five other agencies, including the Youth Services of Tulsa, got together to put together six teams with more than 100 teens on the court every week this summer.
"Each one of these teams has 10-plus members, we're talking close to sixty, eighty kids that's not running out on the streets doing something negative," said Eddie Evans with Youth Services of Tulsa.
"It's better than not being on the streets not doing anything," said Maurice Rolland.
The tournament helps keep him off the streets and away from the trouble he sees on it.
"Killing, robbing somebody or fighting, it's just too much," said Rolland.
"It's time for us to really step up and do something for our young people. It takes everyone coming together," said Newton.
FOX23 spoke with the Mayor's office. They told us they didn't have the resources to fully invest in the program like they did last year.
The day after the FOX23 story aired Mayor Dewey Bartlett sent this statement to the newsroom.
“The Mayor’s office can do many things in this is community. One of the most important contributions, however, is to bring the right people together up front, to collaborate on projects that offer solutions to problems and entice a desire to sustain those solutions.
The Bridges project is a process. As from the beginning, this process will continue, hopefully to all sections of the city.
We would love to be able to be the sole source of sustaining every successful project, but that is not economically possible, and it is not what the Bridges of Faith program is about. It is about partnership.
Bridges will continue to shed light on problems and the community will find ways to sustain the solutions.”