LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A summer-long tournament in Louisville’s west end started out with 28 teams but one was crowned champion in its 44th year.
For the Shawnee community, the Dirt Bowl championship goes beyond love and basketball.
The Dirt Bowl started in the 1970’s with the aim of bridging the gap between neighbors and for those who love to show off their skills.
Organizers say decades later the event still gives members of the community a chance to meet, greet and gives children a chance to learn.
The event briefly stopped in 2009 due to violence but was resurrected in 2012 as a way to bring the community together for a new era.
In a summer filled with violence, like the recent shooting death of a 1-year-old, organizers say gatherings like the Dirt Bowl are necessary.
“It brings the people together – for 6 hours [or] 7 hours – whatever we’re doing. Look at people engaging [and] shaking each other’s hand – people they haven’t seen since high school,” organizer Neal Robertson said.
“A lot of people come out and support. It’s actually a good thing for the city. You get a lot of people [who] come together just playing basketball [and] trying to entertain people,” player DeShawn Pendleton said.
They say this has been a great summer for the Dirt Bowl and many are looking forward to another great year in 2015.
The final game ended late Sunday evening with the Straight OG’s taking the title against Young Gunnaz.
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