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Building a team within prison walls

"Basketball" by CC Flickr user Chilli Head, resized and recropped

The Golden State Warriors preseason starts this coming Saturday. Earlier this month, as something of a warmup, they made one of their regular visits into San Quentin State Prison to visit with inmates and play a game of basketball.

But this is not Steph Curry and Kevin Durant on the court — it’s general manager Bob Meyers and some other staffers, including some Division One ballers. And they usually win.


But this time around the San Quentin Warriors won in a thriller. Here's what it's like to be part of the team:


"I consider team family. Coming from my background, being involved in gangs and things of that nature. But this is my first time actually being able to do something positive where I have supporting casts that believe in me, and that push me and encourage me when I'm doing something positive."

This story first aired in September 2017. It won an award last fall from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California.

Our radio training program at San Quentin State Prison is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. All content is approved by an information officer.