Louisville Magazine

AUG 2019

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28 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.19 Belle of the Bowl The legendary west Louisville basketball tournament turns 50. By Michael Jones Photo by Terrence Humphrey Standing five foot three inches tall, Janis Carter Miller hardly looks the part of a basketball legend. Raised in west Louisville's Chickasaw neighborhood, she was drawn to sports because her brother, whom everyone called "Rock," turned everything into a competition. They arm-wrestled for the remote and raced for the privilege to sit in the front seat of the car. Carter Miller went on to run track and play basketball during her freshman year at Kentucky State University, then became known worldwide as a jazz singer. But those things aren't why strangers stop her in Louisville for a picture. They do that because at age 19 she co-founded the Dirt Bowl, one of the longest-running summer basketball leagues in the country, held annually in west Louisville. It was the summer of 1969, and Louisville Parks and Recreation hired Carter Miller and Ben Watkins as park supervisors. Car- ter Miller, who graduated from Shawnee High School, knew Watkins because he had WE LOVE

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