Los Angeles- It’s about that time of the year; the NBA is approaching the end of its season but luckily basketball doesn’t end there. Located in South Los Angeles, just right off the corner of E. 120th & Compton Ave in the gym of King Drew Magnet High School, many NBA players such as our very own Laker’s superstar Nick Young, James Harden, John Wall, Dorell Wright & even many celebrities such as the rapper THE GAME and Chris Brown come to play in the hottest summer leagues in town!
The goal of the Drew League is help young adults form relationships on the court and off, in hopes that it will spread throughout the neighborhood and also to build a foundation that would bring local high school, college and pro players back to the community. Alvin Willis established the Drew League in 1973 with 6 only teams. He believed this league could be a place for young men and women of South Central Los Angeles to learn life lessons through basketball and as a longtime friend and mentor to Dino Smiley, Willis decided it was time to let Smiley have a shot at directing the league. By 1985 the league had grown from the original 6 teams to 10 teams. Today the league matches up 20 “invitation-only” teams to battle it out on the hardwood.