Growing up in Brooklyn (Holy Name) during the 70’s and 80’s, we didn’t have a gym to play basketball.
Kids at IHM, Saint Saviour’s, OLA, OLPH, Holy Family, St. Rose, Regina Pacis, St. Finbar, St. Mary’s… all had gyms for their guys to play in. Shit, even Visitation down in Red Hook had a gym.
No health club.
YMCA? LOL. I was broke.
No rec center.
Couldn’t get into Bishop Ford High School (Though we tried…)
The schoolyard at Holy Name was the spot; our “paved paradise.”
When it snowed we shoveled the court to play.
No Excuses you did what you had to do to improve.