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Henderson Dustbowl revived and growing

Tori Green remembers the days Dustbowl in Henderson was the place to be, as teams lace up and tip-off for street ball. 

But for a few years, that wasn't the case. 

"It would draw out a lot of people and then it kind of went down after a couple of years so I just wanted to see about building it up and also just giving the youth something to do," Green says. 

Now, Green recruits and coordinates Tri-State kids on basketball teams to revive the once popular Dustbowl, and it's been a slam dunk so far. 

"The Dustbowl was present for a while then it went away so our committee decided to revive it, to bring it back and we've had a great turnout this year," Lori Sanners says. 

Sanners is the president of the Henderson County Black History Committee. 

Since 2015, the event has grown, with 29 teams from all over the Tri-State tipping off. 

"It had exceeded our expectations," Sanners says. "We definitely just want to build relationships with this not only with youth but with our community."

The goal? For family and friends to participate in positive activities in the Henderson community while building relationships. 

Organizers say it also gives kids something to do instead of getting wrapped up in crime. 

Orlando Barrett, a referee says, "There's so much stuff going on in the world today it's just good for them to do."

"They want to come down and watch friends play," Sanners says.  "So it's not like they're hanging out worrying about let's go here it's all about coming to the Dustbowl."

There are some new things added this year, including a dunk contest, three point contest and a free throw contest. 

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(This story was originally published July 12, 2018)


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