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California high school bans ‘I can’t breathe’ t-shirts

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:43 am December 29, 2014 Members of a California high school basketball team were barred from participating in a tournament because they continued to wear “I can’t breathe” T-shirts in solidarity with those standing up against police brutality. The students have planned a rally in response to the decision for Monday. 

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Rising athlete’s career cut short after doctors discover heart condition

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:56 am June 23, 2014 Baylor basketball star Isaiah Austin’s career was tragically cut short after he was diagnosed with a career-ending medical condition. Austin, 20, had been projected as a late first-round pick, and underwent a physical at the NBA combine where his EKG test revealed the abnormality. 

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Video: 9-year-old girl courted by college basketball team

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:49 pm June 17, 2014 A 9-year-old girl who is super skilled in basketball is being scouted by the University of Miami Coral Gables. Jaden Newman, who is in the fourth grade, currently plays on her local high school’s varsity squad. She was sent an official recruitment letter and has already toured […]

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Texas basketball players killed in car accident

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:46 pm June 5, 2014 Texas A&M University-Commerce experienced a great loss after two members of its women’s basketball team died in a car accident on Loop 286 in Paris. Four members of the Lion’s were injured as they traveled to Paris High School to watch a summer league basketball game.  

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Division 1 basketball star Derrick Gordon comes out

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:00 am April 9, 2014 Derrick Gordon, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, has become the first openly gay player in men’s Division I college basketball. A few days ago, Gordon came out to his family and teammates. He has now gone public with his sexuality.

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Video: Lebron James surprises teen with cancer

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:53 pm March 31, 2014 Earlier this year, we shared the story of 16-year-old Ebony Nettles-Bey, a teen battling cancer. Nettles-Bey never let the disease get the best of her, and she went on the be one of her high school basketball team’s leading scorers. This weekend, one of her wishes was […]

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One and Done

By Summer M. 12:05 pm March 24, 2014 Many of us have managed to emerge from the cocoon of four days of March Madness, only to arrive at work or school or wherever our Monday duties lead us with busted brackets and memories of incredibly close games and buzzer beaters. Many of the Goliath basketball […]

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Inspiring teen fighting cancer continues to live her life on the b-ball court

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:30 pm February 5, 2014 Ebony Nettles-Bey has been playing basketball since the second grade. Her passion for the game led her team to its first-team all conference honors and a scholarship offer from UW-Milwaukee. Nettles-Bey had a promising career in the sport ahead of her when she moved to Verona, Wisconsin […]

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Basketball player fakes kidnapping to escape pressure of college

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:38 am January 10, 2014 An Auburn University Women’s basketball player faked her own kidnapping after succumbing to the pressures of being a college athlete. Sierra “Cece” Sims earned a full scholarship to the Alabama school 300 miles away from her home in Tennessee. Unfortunately the demands of being a student-athlete were difficult […]

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SURPRISE! Northwestern basketball player receives full ride from coach

When James Montgomery III joined Northwestern University’s Men’s Basketball team, he didn’t have the luxury of having his tuition paid for like other members of his team. But on Thursday, he got a wonderful surprise. Head Coach Chris Collins awarded the player a full ride for all of his hard work.

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