By Mark Lewis
Local Sports Journal

Detroit is known for the cars it makes, but metro Detroit area could just as well be known for the athletes it produces.

Contrary to popular opinion, many of Detroit's neighborhoods are experiencing a resurgence of sorts.

Contrary to popular opinion, many of Detroit’s neighborhoods are experiencing a resurgence of sorts.

Chicago Bulls great B.J. Armstrong, former Duke standout Shane Battier, former Detroit Piston great, and former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, and former Michigan State great Mateen Cleaves, the list goes on and on.

Fans of the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) will hope to get a glimpse of that legacy, as the organization host a District Series Event (DSE) in the Motor City this weekend, June 28-29.

The event will follow the AYBT’s standard five-game DSE format.

For more information, please contact district Director Bob Reason at 734-478-3239 or by email at

Families looking for something to do while their sons or daughters participate in the Slam will have plenty to choose from, including a historically authentic recreation of a baseball game the way it would have looked in the 19th Century.

This will take place at The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Blvd.) in nearby Dearborn.

Following the rulebook as it was written in 1867, with gloves optional and no designated hitters, the game atmosphere is enhanced by the venue’s grandstand, a grassy hillside shaded by walnut trees, while the village’s steam locomotive chugs around the field’s perimeter.

Games will be played Saturdays and Sundays all summer long, with the first pitch getting tossed at 1:30 p.m.

The Henry Ford is located on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).

For a little after-hours fun, adults may head to New Center Park’s Saturday Night Dance Parties.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the dancing starts at 9 p.m. Instructors and professional dancers available for group dance lessons, and the Rhythm Society Orchestra featuring Paul King will be playing all the hits. Everyone is welcome.

New Center Park is located on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and West Grand Boulevard, across from the Fisher Building, in midtown Detroit.

Of course, the Motor City is literally bursting with things to do, including viewing some of the world’s most breathtaking art at the Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave.), see for yourself where all those great Motown Records’ songs were recorded at Hitsville U.S.A. (2648 W Grand Blvd.), or take your chances at one of three Downtown Detroit casinos, the MGM Grand (1777 3rd St.), Greektown ( 555 E Lafayette St.), or the MotorCity (2901 Grand River Ave.).


The American Youth Basketball Tour is America’s foremost leader in team basketball skills and character development. For more information on AYBT district tournaments and events, head over to


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