Street Hockey Comes To Famous East Baltimore Basketball Court

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A famous basketball court in East Baltimore saw players strapping on equipment seldom seen in Baltimore.

As Mike Schuh reports, a first of its kind playoffs were held Tuesday.

Carmelo Anthony, Muggsy Bogues, Sam Cassell and Juan Dixon have all played at the Dome. Now, get ready for Kasi Carter.

“I go to Chick Webb Summer Camp and I’ve been playing hockey,” said Carter, street hockey player.

Carter and 59 others are playing round ball. But the orange ball is a lot smaller and the net is closer to Earth.

“Well, we worked with the kids for a couple of months and I think it’s important for the kids to be exposed to something different in the city,” said Lewis Lambert, coach.

Council President Jack Young helped to get the Washington Capitals to donate much of the gear and run the tournament.

“I had some doubts that street hockey would work, but we gave them the equipment and I’m excited to see them excited,” said Young.

They hope teamwork, patience and perseverance all might be learned from the game, trying to place kids in situations where they can succeed.

Young hopes to have the street hockey program continue through the rec centers every year from now on.

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