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AUG 2019

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kyselectproperties.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.19 29 been an all-state center for Central High School. Once word got out that Watkins was in the park, other top players started to show up. "Before long, we had enough guys to play full court, and other people would be waiting to play. So I said, 'Why don't we have a tournament?'" Watkins says. They had four teams that first summer, each putting in $20 to cover the cost of T-shirts and a trophy. Back then, dirt surrounded the Algonquin Park court. "If the ball hit the dirt it was out," Watkins says. "That's why we called it the Dirt Bowl." The Dirt Bowl proved so popular that it moved to the larger Shawnee Park in 1970. By then, Carter Miller had dropped out of Kentucky State to join the R&B group New Birth. She eventually started a jazz career, which led her to Las Vegas and Paris before returning to Louisville in 2004. "After I left town, I didn't think about the tournament anymore," she says. "I come back home and it's still going. I got guys coming up to me in the grocery store talking about how they played in the first tournament." This summer, the Dirt Bowl celebrates its 50th anniversary. Carter Miller helped fundraise for the festivities, which kicked off at Algonquin Park with the unveiling of a historical marker. Following this year's tournament (the first two weekends in Au- gust), the Frazier History Museum will host an awards dinner on Aug. 25 with Louis- ville native and former NBA player Derek Anderson, who has competed in the Dirt Bowl. "When we kicked off the ceremonies in Algonquin Park, I saw how something I helped put together impacted generations of people," Carter Miller says. "I realized this tournament is part of my legacy." Players prepare for this year's competition. CALL 502.625.0100 or go to louisville.com/subscriptions The best read on the city. SUBSCRIBE NOW $22/year

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