Sports offers a lifeline for North Philly athletes, who have no choice but to be tough and tenacious.
John Scarbrough can no longer play basketball like the players behind him on the grounds of Strawberry Mansion High, where he once starred.The 23-year-old is on parole for a drug offense committed before his December 2006 shooting, and he's trying to figure out what to do with his life. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)
CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Litell Vaughn, a de facto dean of North Philly basketball, displays a "Made in Philly" T-shirt on the basketball courts of the Mander Recreation Center at 33d and Diamond Streets.