Shabazz Profiled By Sports Illustrated


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We see our athletic opponents on the sports fields, but, for the most part, not much beyond that.

Sports Illustrated is running a series called Underdogs, on teams that face challenges, and, on October 9, it profiled Malcolm X. Shabazz High School. You might remember that Shabazz narrowly lost to Verona in the closing seconds of the game on September 22. Shabazz is, according to SI, the kind of place where the quarterback, Juwan Jackson, has had to dodge bullets on his way home from school and where the coach, Darnell Grant, has to drive players home so they get there safely and recruit his mother to make them a solid pre-game dinner.

You can watch the profile here:

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Shabazz game photo copyright Bob Thomas. Used by permission. Thanks to Mark Fortgang for making me aware of “Underdogs”.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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