The area's longest running summer basketball league, the Urban Coalition, begins its 20th season tomorrow at Dunbar High School, and this year, the league will offer more than spectacular basketball.
NBA players will be among a group of influential citizens speaking at workshops for high school students as part of a program called "Smart Kids." Urban Coalition League spokesman Mel George said the sessions will advise student-athletes to have goals beyond the remote dream of becoming a NBA player. Bum Bleachers
Unstable bleachers at H.D. Woodson High School forced the Say No To Drugs League to postpone the start of season. The problem has since been corrected and this Saturday, the league will tip-off with a 1 p.m. game between the Bomb Squad and Sports Gear.
The NCAA is sanctioning the league this summer, thus allowing college players the opportunity to showcase their talents against NBA players. Current professionals on rosters include Atlanta Hawks guard John Battle and Boston Celtics reserve guard Charles Smith. . . .
In the Fairfax League, Oakton's Aquio Stewart last week made eight three-pointers in an 88-55 win over Wakefield. Madison sophomore Grant Lammerson averaged 23 points in three games.