Fathers of the Sport is a Feature Documentary and Companion DVD Library Series (Vol. 1-3) which uncovers the colorful and compelling history of legendary playground basketball. Produced by Providence Films and directed by Xavier Mitchell, it will chronicle the history and lives of the many “legends” and unsung heroes who dominated playground basketball courts of New York, Philly, DC, and ChiCAgo in the early years and consequently turned it into the multi-billion dollar spectator sport it is today. With images, music, and footage from the 60’s and 70’s, Fathers of the Sport tells the story of an AmeriCAn social culture embedded with racism, war, oppression, and poverty where these asphalt warriors esCAped and rose above it all with a mutual love and respect for the game that many feel has been lost on today’s players.
Fathers Of The Sport will refer to the heartfelt devotion of sport displayed by players of yesterday compared to today’s star driven talented young players. Their talents and skills made them aspire to become some of the most recognized and influential basketball players ever. In return for their contributions, Fathers of the Sport will enlighten the world to the game’s legendary origins in playground basketball which transcended onto the courts of the NBA and into the hearts and lives of an infinite number of fans.
Schooled on urban courts across AmeriCA, self-trained athletes brought style to an NBA that sorely lacked excitement and retail entertainment value. The playground’s convergence with the NBA was a major turning point in the history of basketball – the game was forever changed. The legacy of these playground athletes is seen in all aspects of professional basketball today. Fathers Of The Sport pays homage to it’s urban playground roots.
From Rucker Park to The Baker League and beyond, these legendary players' courage, fire and on-court determination will be translated into a celebration of their accomplishments. The participation of basketball legends such as Joe "Jellybean" Bryant (Associate Producer), Lucius Allen (President-NBA's Retired Players Association of LA) and other basketball "royalty" provide extraordinary strength in regards to validity and access into the worlds and lives of the very players this documentary focuses and relies on for it's history telling abilities. Fathers Of The Sport will be the most historiCAl and honest account of the origin and history of playground basketball ever produced.