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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Resources, Activities Will be at Dirt Bowl Tournament

Wednesday June 18, 2014

“Chalking”activity, health screenings, college info available June 21, 22

A variety of health and education resources and fun family activities will be part of the opening weekend of the popular Dirt Bowl tournament, this Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22 at Shawnee Park. The tournament and related events are free and open to the public.

Activities will include “chalking” -- an interactive event where children and families will use chalk to create graffiti-like art. The chalking will take place around the basketball courts, specifically the small court. It is being coordinated by the Louisville Visual Art Association, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and NC3.

Other resources and information available will include:

  • Information and connections to college readiness and scholarships , provided by the 55,000 Degrees program and Louisville Metro Community Services & Revitalization.
  • Financial and social services and the one-stop Neighborhood Place
  • Information on summer activities and recreation for youth, provided by Metro Parks
  • Louisville Free Public Library Bookmobile (June 21 only)
  • Kynect will be enrolling people for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act

Also, Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness will offer HIV testing throughout the tournament, on the following dates and times:

  • Sun. June 22, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. June 28, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sat. July 19, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sun. Aug. 3, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. Aug. 9, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sun. Aug. 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

There will be other vendors at the event along with special entertainment and activities between games and at halftime including performances by the River City Drum Corps and poet Lance Newman.

At this year’s Dirt Bowl, 28 teams will compete including some of the top high school and college players from the area.

This is the 44th year for the Dirt Bowl basketball competition and related community events which begin this weekend and continue on multiple weekends through Aug. 17 – which will be “Super Sunday” featuring the championship game.

The founders of the tournament -- Cornell Bradley, Ben Watkins and Janis Carter Miller -- will be recognized Sat. June 21 at 1 p.m. when the main basketball court is dedicated and named in their honor.

Local and national basketball greats who’ve played in past Dirt Bowls include Clem Haskins and Jim McDaniels, Dan Issel, Wes Unseld, Darryl Griffith and Derek Anderson.
More information is available by contacting the Dirt Bowl organizer, Neal Robertson, at (502) 664-0780.