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LA Times Looks at Skid Row Hoops, but Misses Out on 3 on 3

By Eric Richardson
Published: Sunday, October 14, 2007, at 09:51PM
Skid Row 3 on 3 Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Kurt Streeter on the Times takes a look today at the Skid Row missions' basketball league. It's a nice story, painting the picture of a game between teams from the Midnight and Union Rescue Missions. I couldn't help but think that the story would have rang a touch more true had Streeter been watching the Skid Row 3 on 3 league instead.

You spend most of your time in a crowded downtown homeless shelter on a shadowy stretch of hard streets and hard times. If you're lucky, you live in the shelter. Every day is the same: classes, work, therapy, rules.

How do you get some happiness? How do you forget your troubles and reach back to the way you used to be, if only for an hour and a half? By playing on a team of transients in a league of last chances -- L.A.'s skid row basketball conference.

Unlike the mission league, which is usually only open to those living in the shelters, the 3 on 3 league represents the community as a whole. Its members live in the shelters, the hotels, and likely the streets. While I applaud what the missions are doing, I think the league OG's been able to put together is a much greater story for Skid Row.


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