NBA All-Star and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul is tag teaming with Roadside Entertainment to produce a docuseries on HBCU basketball programs throughout a season.
Roadside founding partners Ron Yassen and John Hirsch and the teams will work alongside Ohh Dip!!! Productions for a look into challenges HBCU schools have to work through in bigger programs like attracting recruits.
“HBCUs historically have been at a competitive disadvantage with their basketball programs facing many challenges with funding, recruitment, misperceptions, and exposure,” said Chris Paul. “With the current racial awakening in our country prompting young athletes to look at where they play, it’s now more important than ever to shine a light on HBCUs and showcase their value in sports and society.”
“HBCUs have long been a passion for Chris and he has demonstrated a willingness and commitment to help these schools overcome the obstacles they face in funding and national awareness, said Yassen. “As young athletes in high school and at the college level are considering taking their talents to HBCUs, it’s important to document this and share their stories with a wide audience.”
“We’re excited to partner with Chris on this project. He’s a proven leader on and off the court,” said Hirsch. “He brings limitless knowledge, resources, and integrity to this story.”
Earlier in 2020, Paul partnered with Professor Anita Elberse from Harvard Business School to bring her Entertainment, Media and Sports course to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The course will expand to HBCUs in 2021.