Dirt Bowl http://wfpl.org en ESPN Takes a Look at Street Ball in Louisville and Around the U.S. http://wfpl.org/post/espn-takes-look-street-ball-louisville-and-around-us <p></p><p>Louisville’s annual Dirt Bowl street ball basketball tournament could help save playground basketball.</p><p>That is according to an article published today on<a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11216972/playground-basketball-dying"> ESPN.com</a> that examines the fading style of outdoor basketball played on concrete courts.</p><p>Here's<a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11216972/playground-basketball-dying" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>&nbsp;the article.</strong></a></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9833 at http://wfpl.org ESPN Takes a Look at Street Ball in Louisville and Around the U.S. Increased Police Planned for Dirt Bowl, But Organizers Say Community Stems Violence Better http://wfpl.org/post/increased-police-planned-dirt-bowl-organizers-say-community-stems-violence-better <p>The Dirt Bowl street basketball tournament begins this weekend—and despite organizers predictions of a violence-free affair, Louisville Metro Police are planning an increased presence around Shawnee Park.</p><p>Police plan to have more than 20 patrol officers, &nbsp;mounted police and VIPER Unit members at the park during the tournament’s opening weekend, said&nbsp;Major Bill Kristofeck, commander of LMPD's Second Division.&nbsp; A group of volunteer ambassadors will also be present, he added.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:53:52 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9592 at http://wfpl.org Increased Police Planned for Dirt Bowl, But Organizers Say Community Stems Violence Better Dirt Bowl Basketball Tournament Returns to West Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/dirt-bowl-basketball-tournament-returns-west-louisville <p>Joined by community leaders, lawmakers and local athletes, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the return of The Dirt Bowl basketball tournament to Shawnee Park this summer.</p><p>The competition has been a West End tradition for over four decades, but has been on hiatus due to a lack of funding and sponsorship. Organizers were able to briefly revive the Dirt Bowl in 2009 and city leaders have been working to resurrect the tournament permanently.</p><p>&quot;It was a significant loss for Louisville and a specific loss for western Louisville,&quot; says Fischer said. &quot;Generations of families came here to sit on bleachers, to share good times and to watch some serious hoops.&quot;</p><p>The Dirt Bowl was created by community activist Ben Watkins in 1969 as a way to bring basketball and family-style picnics together. Over the decades, the tournament has hosted local and national basketball stars such as Jim McDaniels, Dan Issel, Wes Unseld, Darryl Griffith and Derek Anderson.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:24:10 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 778 at http://wfpl.org