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A top honor for Ortiz

Vic Ortiz first held a basketball while shooting at a hoop attached to a neighbor’s garage in East Chicago, Ind.

“I was 6 years old and I couldn’t hit the rim; it was quite a challenge for me,’’ Ortiz recalled. “In the winter, rather than sand, the city dropped ashes on the street for traction. The ball and my hands got pretty dirty.’’

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