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“More Than A Game”

Posted on: February 7, 2010

Five Players, One Dream

Just this past weekend, I had the opportunity to watch the new basketball documentary about LeBron James, “More Than A Game.” The film was truly incredible to watch and one of the most inspirational videos I have seen in a while. It talks about the “phenom’s” life growing up and the hype he brought to high school basketball. However, the documentary goes deeper beyond basketball, and enters the world of five young teenagers. These boys only wanted to be together during the tough times and celebrate with each other during the good. Through all the poverty and racial issues they endured growing up, each teenager found a sanctuary on the basketball court and ran with the opportunities given to them. All five elected not to attend the local “colored” school and enrolled at a primary white catholic school down the road, in Akron Ohio. There were hardships on the court as each boy faced their own adversity, but they always pulled for one another. LeBron was very emotional during the interviews, which was shown throughout the video. As far as he was concerned, this was his family and he would often recite, “ you play your heart out for your family.” We begin to see that life for these boys was about more than just basketball. It was about growing up and becoming successful adults in the real world. Many doors opened for each of the players. Two of them are currently playing professionally in Europe, two of them are in graduate school and one of them is doing seasonal work in Cleveland. In many instances, sports, and in this case basketball, only last for a short time. Basketball ends up being so small in the total scheme of life. The lesson this movie conveys to us allows us to see that basketball is “More Than A Game.” It is about life.

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