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(Washington Post) — James Russell had an idea so big and beautiful, he would talk for a good half-hour, if you let him, about his goal of creating a basketball league run by the homeless to keep teenagers out of trouble.

Homeless himself, living under a bridge in Northeast Washington, Russell said he thought it would symbolize the notion that even those living on the streets had something to contribute.

He enlisted others to help him and then persuaded dozens of young players to pony up a $50 fee for uniforms and professional referees.

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