Dirt Bowl http://wfpl.org en 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