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Basketball tournament for 'a bunch of foolish kids' becomes something much more

Basketball tournament for 'a bunch of foolish kids' becomes something much more

It started on a lazy summer afternoon in 1995, when a couple of teenagers were looking for something to do and unwittingly created a basketball tradition that would unite a Northwest Baltimore neighborhood and turn into something much, much bigger than anything they ever imagined. It would also take them and all who joined in along the way to the heart-wrenching intersection of joy and sorrow. Jon Minkove is 35 now, and he can only marvel at the growth of Tour de Court, which started out as a single two-on-two game 21 years ago and began Sunday morning with 24 three-player teams and both a men's and women's tournament draw. The informality of it all is what grabs you first....

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