“My first experience with the Dirt Bowl was with “Get Buckets”, like five or six years ago. Then I went to “Stamped Up”, then I went to “4100” for a couple of years. I went to “Redemption” and now, I’m at “Park Hill”. I’m from Park Hill. I could’ve played with “Redemption” this year but Park Hill’s my heart and soul. That’s where I grew up and I can’t tell them no.
The Dirt Bowl keeps me out the way. I look forward to playing my games. I look forward to Cornell and Ravon talk shit. It’s actually a good outlet to let out stress. I don’t do drugs or anything like that, I love to play basketball. I love seeing my friends, that I grew up with, out here.
It’s more than gun violence and stuff out here. This is a beautiful thing. The police have been on it and people feel safe. They’re even walking people to their car if they need it. I just hope that they keep it going and it won’t be any foolishness.
I’m kinda mad that I wasn’t born fifty years ago, when it first started. I know it was dope. I’m a sucka for finding out what was before me and I respect what was before me. Like, I see the highlights from back in the day and I’m wishing that I was in that era. I got an old soul. I’m sure the competition is weaker now than it was back then.
I’d love to continue the legacy. When my son gets older, I want him to play in the Dirt Bowl. Even if he gets offers from division one schools, I still want him to experience the Dirt Bowl. You can have so many local supporters and you gotta get your city behind you before everybody else. This is a nice way to get your city behind you and get your name out there. It’s not just for the hood but the whole city. Wherever I go, everybody knows Polo and I support everybody. I’m a fan of basketball and these are my friends. We hoop every day together.” - Polo, Shawnee