Last updated : Monday, 04 December 2023


The Urban Legend is an amateur football league that was founded in Harlem, New York City in the early 1960s. The league was created to provide a safe and positive outlet for young men in the community.

The Urban Legend is still active today and continues to play an important role in the lives of many young people in Harlem.


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The Urban Legend was founded by Charles Johnson, a civil rights activist and the executive director of the Urban League of Greater New York. Johnson wanted to create a league that would provide young men in Harlem with an opportunity to play football and stay out of trouble.

The league began with just a few teams, but it quickly grew in popularity. By the late 1960s, the Urban Legend was one of the largest amateur football leagues in the city.

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The league has continued to grow and thrive over the years. Today, it has over 50 teams and more than 1,000 players.


The Urban Legend has had a significant impact on the lives of many young people in Harlem. The league has provided a safe and positive outlet for young men to stay active and avoid violence.

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The league has also helped to build character and leadership skills in its players. Many former players have gone on to successful careers in sports, business, and other fields.


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