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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:17 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

State Sen. Malcolm Smith, in white shorts, here poses with some of the winners of his annual Jump & Ball basketball tournament this past weekend.

This year’s five-week hoops extravaganza, which drew hundreds of players ages 12 to 18 to Daniel O’Connell Park in Hollis, promoted athletics, sportsmanship and community togetherness. Special guests during the tournament included singer and actor LL Cool J, who grew up in Queens and is a co-sponsor of the event; the Black Cowboys, who put on Old West demonstrations; and the New York Regiment, United States Colored Troops, who taught children and adults alike about the history and contributions of African-American soldiers in the Unites States Civil War.

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