#Drew50: The Drew League, Pro-Am Basketball, and a Local History of Black Los Angeles

Friday, March 31, 2023, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: African American; Oral History; Sports and Recreation


The history of the Drew League is an extraordinary success story of Black Los Angeles. This roundtable discussion will highlight the Drew League’s 50th anniversary and includes founding members of the Drew League, its current commissioner, a current coach and head of player development for the Drew League, as well as its director of Sports Medicine. These representatives of the Drew League will be in conversation with documentary producers from Crossovr Collective to explore the Drew’s impact as a Black institution in Los Angeles that has produced an incredibly rich community history while becoming a mecca for pro-am basketball.

Session Participants

Chair: Carl Suddler, Emory University

Commentator: Walter Brock, Crossovr Collective

Panelist: Keion Kindred, Drew League

Commentator: Stephen Rawlins, Crossovr Collective

Panelist: Chaniel Smiley, Drew League

Panelist: Dino Smiley, Drew League

Panelist: Courtney Watson, Drew League