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I Said Bang! is a book about 46 years of building community through basketball, written by dozens of people who have contributed to and been shaped by the Dirt Bowl tradition: organizers, players, spectators, announcers, referees, vendors, and coaches. This book weaves together their stories and experiences to paint an impressionistic portrait of the Dirt Bowl and the community that nurtures and sustains it.
Over the course of year and a half, the Louisville Story Program and dozens of people in the Dirt Bowl community—organizers, players, coaches, spectators, vendors, and referees—worked together to develop the book you are now holding. Some contributors participated in weekly writing workshops for an extended period of time. Others developed their pieces by participating in interviews with other project participants or with LSP staff, then collaboratively editing transcriptions of those interviews with us. The result is a truly one-of-a-kind book, the richest account ever of a community’s playground basketball heritage.