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Basketball gives entrée to inner-city’s young men

BALTIMORE (BP) -- Curiosity was mounting on a sweltering late afternoon at the basketball courts at Gilmore Homes in Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood. As young men played hoops, a tall African American man strolled onto the scene along with members from several Baltimore-area churches. The young men didn't know the visitor was Ray Sydnor. A former Philadelphia Eagles player, Sydnor's status went unrecognized -- but the crowd took note of the free food and cold drinks that soon arrived.