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Hoops Africa: Ubuntu MattersBy Dan Hedges, Taylor Sharp

In a Nutshell

Dan Hedges and Taylor Sharp explore the impact of basketball across Africa, how 'Ubuntu' led to an NBA championship, and the ripple effect of African players making it to the NBA.

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Our story is not just about this game. It's about all that this game has to offer the kids, our families, and to our continent.

Hakeem Olajuwon


'Ubuntu' is an ancient term used throughout Africa to convey the belief that all of humanity shares a universal bond.

Through various non-profits working on the African continent, Ubuntu and basketball have come together to inspire youth and improve sportsmanship in both Africa and America.

In the 2018 documentary Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters, Dan Hedges and Taylor Sharp seek to illustrate the importance of basketball to the continent of Africa.

The film highlights nonprofit organizations like Hoops 4 Hope, which uses basketball to teach life skills, work ethic, and leadership, and the professional program Basketball Without Borders, which has provided remarkable career opportunities for African basketball players.

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