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Earning court time through Patuxent Valley mentoring program
Earning court time through Patuxent Valley mentoring program

As the DJ introduced them, the middle school-aged boys ran onto the basketball court between blinking floor lights and fog machines. Parents, teachers and administrators applauded their presence, recognizing the journey that had brought them to this hot and humid gymnasium at Patuxent Valley Middle School in Jessup. The League of Gentlemen All-Star game May 19 was an invitation-only event that had a little bit of everything — great shots, lucky shots, turnovers and an edge of competitiveness. Players earned their way onto the court by successfully adhering to standards established by the league, a mentoring initiative begun two years ago to give male students help academically,...

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