The George C. Goodman League, known as the hottest summer basketball league in Washington, D.C., held its Opening Day on June 4 at the Barry Farms neighborhood court in Washington, D.C.

The Goodman League has been around for several decades, but it still finds a way to offer something new to its faithful fans that show up each summer.

Last summer, the Goodman League All Star team took on the famous Drew League of Los Angeles, Calif. for the first time in the history of both leagues. The game featured several pro basketball stars, including P.G. County, Md. native Kevin Durant, a longtime Goodman League participant. This summer, the Goodman League unveiled its newly renovated 94-feet basketball court sponsored by Nike, which is totally surrounded by brand new stands that can seat hundreds of people.

“Welcome to the newly renovated Barry Farms Coliseum, Goodman League 2012,” league commissioner Miles Rawls, who received a lifetime community service honor award from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray before the games started. Rawls, who also works as a D.C. police officer, has served as the commissioner of the Goodman League for nearly two decades, and also played for the league when he was a youth as a Barry Farms resident. Known for his comedic sense of humor, Miles also personally calls every Goodman League game as the official announcer, often cracking jokes over the microphone about the players, refs and even the fans watching.

“Miles has proudly served his family, his country (military service), and his community, and its truly my honor to present to him this award,” said Mayor Gray, who announced that the Goodman League fans will have more new experiences to look forward to in the near future.

“I want to tell you all today that there will be a new $23 million recreational center built right here in the Barry Farms community,” he said as the Goodman League audience erupted in cheers of excitement.

After the announcements were made, the league officially kicked off its summer with a matchup between Team Ariyuan (formerly known as Team HOBO) and Team Funk House. The contest was without the league’s biggest star, Durant, who is currently competing in the NBA Western Conference Finals. But several former local college stars made features, including James Gist from University of Maryland and Darryl Proctor from UMBC. Team Ariyuan took the Opening Day victory.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor