Rise Above Basketball
The story of a small village in China and a basketball court that became a centerpiece for its people.
Traveling the world, finding the best global sports stories about amateur athletes. That's what the new Rise Above documentary series by Jordan Brand does.
In the latest installment, the filmmakers travel to China to visit the village of Jiao La. It was there that a tour guide named Shiao Xiou sprained his ankle three years ago while playing on a rundown court during a visit. The village shaman treated Xiou and he was back on his feet the next day -- able to travel on his way.
To repay the village for its favor, Xiou raised money to build a brand new basketball court in the village. After three days of hauling materials up the mountain, Jiao La had a new basketball court, free from the uneven pitfalls of the old dirt and wood surface.
With a new place to practice and play, the residents took up the game with renewed vigor, using the court as the center of their community. They began competing against nearby villages, eventually earning a banner that read "Champions," which now sits above the court.