Hoop Dream Write Up - Zach Holland Sport in Society Hoop...

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Zach Holland 10/30/2011 Sport in Society Hoop Dreams Free Write The critically acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams is much deeper than just a movie about basketball. The documentary touches on topics such as parental drug use, the education system, race, career threatening injuries, and poverty. All these topics can be seen throughout the course of five years in two young African American basketball players who dream of one day being in the NBA. The movie starts when the two main actors, William Gates and Arthur Agee, are only fourteen years old. Both are about to enter high school and start down similar paths. A high school talent scout sees both boys play and recruits them to St. Joseph Catholic High School. As soon as it seems like both players are on the same road St. Joseph alum Isiah Thomas traveled, they split ways. Arthur is not allowed to continue his education as his debt towards his private education totals $1,500. This debt becomes even more relevant later in the movie when St. Joseph denies Arthur his transcripts until his parents
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