Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Things You Never Thought You'd See In Harlem - #237

I recently saw a special on NY1 about A. Philip Randolph's lacrosse team, the first in Harlem. In February there were a couple people on the story, like the NY Times, and this guy.

But in this particular report, what was great was the team practiced in an active parking lot. Meaning they would have to stop every so often to let a car actually drive throug their "field." Coaches and players said it was "better than nothing," but seeing the kids dodging cars and doing drills on a paved parking lot looked a lot like a Jim Crow afterschool special. Or something.

Here's what a typical lacrosse field looks like. Notice the grass, goals, and glorious sunshine.

Here's what the A Philip Randolph lacrosse field looked like. Notice the concrete, cars and lack of color. (old-school cars are a nice touch though)

But at least I hear they're actually using the sticks to throw, catch and cradle instead of just for relieving punk hipster types of their ipods.

baby steps, baby, ... baby steps

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous5/31/2006

    Jim Brown was the greatest lax player, but didn't have to play in a parking lot (I don't think)

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  2. "But at least I hear they're actually using the sticks to throw, catch and cradle instead of just for relieving punk hipster types of their ipods."

    Are you saying hipster abuse is a bad thing? Because I'm not sure I can get behind that.

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  3. Bah. I say LAX is the white man's game, just like hockey and slavery.

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  4. Ahem, LAX is an Indian (feather not dot) game, stolen by the whiteman. It came with a nice piece of property with a view.

    Nice pic of Brown.

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  5. UrbanRhetoric6/14/2006

    Do you have the full article? I am trying to get in touch with the school, to see if they can play a couple of games at my school.

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