Making Their Dreams Real
For hundreds of young New Yorkers, Clyde Frazier Jr. was a friend with a basketball.
Mr. Frazier, 41, worked as a state tax investigator in the World Trade Center but was better known as the founder of the SlamJam Women's Basketball League. The league brought together top players from city public and Roman Catholic schools and sent countless girls off to college with basketball scholarships.
Mr. Frazier, who enjoyed films, plays and working out, also found time abut 10 years ago to start the Friends of Frederick E. Samuel Foundation (named for a former city councilman). The nonprofit group in Harlem provides basketball and counseling to young people. Clyde Frazier Sr. said his son, who was married but childless, could talk to anybody about anything.
"He was passionate and committed to young people," said Shawn Dove, a friend and colleague. "For 10 years every Saturday and Sunday he traveled from Queens to open up the gym at 9 a.m. at the Countee Cullen Community Center in Harlem."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 5, 2001.