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Canadians take over NYC at Elite 24

Updated: August 20, 2009, 12:36 PM ET
By Ryan Canner-O'Mealy | ESPN RISE Magazine

When Ro Russell first started taking his Grassroots Canada squad to the U.S. for AAU tournaments back in 1992, it wasn't exactly first class.

Operating on a shoestring budget, Russell would have to save most his money for tourney entry fees. So he packed the kids and their generic reversible jerseys into a couple of minivans and put at least four to a room at a discount motel.

When people found out the team came from Canada, there would be plenty of puzzled looks and ...

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