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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 07/19/2010

Shelter offers aid to basketball league

By Washington Post editors

Central Union Mission, a men's homeless shelter, is coming to the aid of a basketball league for teenagers whose founder left town with money donated by players.

The shelter offered its assistance after a story ran in The Washington Post earlier this month detailing how James Russell collected money from young boys in Northeast with the promise of referees, games and uniforms and then left town.

Other local businessmen, retirees and urban activists have also offered to help revive the basketball league. And Wade Simmons, a coach in the league, who is now trying to save it for the youths in a Northeast neighborhood on Florida Avenue, said he has received several calls and promises of donations.

Central Union Mission is now providing water and administrative staff and trying to help Wade and the league’s new organizers to set up a method to receive donations from people who want to help at the mission’s website.

(People can donate at and writing the word "Basketball.")

--William Wan

By Washington Post editors  | July 19, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
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aid, not aide.

Posted by: thenoggin | July 19, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the reasons people are less trusting..because of stories like this. Sad that he would run off with the money, I am sure it is gone by now LOLL>>

Posted by: shadon1 | July 19, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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