Race and Sports Lecture at Penn Presents ā€˜Little Ballersā€™ Film Screening and Discussion

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 22, 2014

WHO:             Bill Rhoden, The New York Times sports columnist

                      Crystal McCrary, ā€œLittle Ballersā€ director                         

WHAT:           Race and Sports Lecture at Penn and film screening and discussion of ā€œLittle Ballers"

WHEN:           Thursday, April 24, 5 p.m.

WHERE:         Room G60, Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut St. University of Pennsylvania   

Set against the backdrop of New York City, ā€œLittle Ballersā€ tells the story of four diverse 11-year-old boys and their legendary coach as they set out to win an AAU National Championship. For these young men, basketball is a passion and holds a special meaning: escaping poverty, getting an education, living the American dream and bonding with a father. But more than anything, basketball offers them hope.

A discussion with Bill Rhoden, The New York Times sports columnist, and ā€œLittle Ballersā€ director Crystal McCrary will follow the screening.

The screening and discussion is a presentation of the University of Pennsylvania Annual Race and Sports Lecture, held every year during the Penn Relays. It is sponsored by Pennā€™s Wharton Sports Business Initiative and Center for Africana Studies.

The event is free and open to the public. Additional information is available from the Center for Africana Studies at 215-898-4965 or Africana@sas.upenn.edu.