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Hoops at City Hall
Photography by Grace Donnelly…with an assist from Zack Burgess
Shaquille O’Neal and Mayor Ras Baraka transformed Broad Street into a hoops haven for the Believe In Newark 3-On-3 Tournament. The competition was open to Brick City high schoolers, but the bricks were few and far between as players found their range early on in the semifinals and finals held in front of City Hall. Preliminary rounds had been held the week before at the JFK Rec Center. Besides the ever-popular hometown hero, entertainment on this sunny Saturday included an exhibition by a local youth tumbling class and a dance number by members of Morgan State’s Phi Theta fraternity.
“This is the kind of youth activity we want to see in our streets,” says Baraka, adding that events like the 3-on-3 teach “valuable life lessons about teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship.”
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