Ron Beals: Venice Basketball Legend

ronbeals2Ron Beals. He is 78 years young and still playing streetball on the courts of Venice Beach, CA.

If you have been to any pickup games in Venice within the last 45 years, then you have seen him there. He is a local legend who is a motivation to us all.  He keeps the legend of Venice Courts alive and is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Interesting Facts:

  • Started his career in 1960 in Chicago at Loyola University
  • One of the pioneers of the Jump Shot
  • Grew up playing against Sweet Water Clifton and Wilt Chamberlain
  • Toured the world playing basketball with the Harlem Clowns
  • Playing on courts of Venice Beach since the 70′s
  • Starred in the movie “White Men Can’t Jump” (old guy in purple spandex shorts)
  • His sister is famous actress Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, L-Word, etc.)
  • Born a Vegetarian and has never eaten meat a day in his life


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