By Ashley Lee
Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers.
The sports documentary — centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City’s Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent — will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the newly-established NickSports block.
The 81-minute doc, which also explores basketball among today’s black youth, is directed by Crystal McCrary and executive produced by Lupe Fiasco and New York Knicks player Amar’e Stoudemire. It features interviews with NBA and WNBA stars including Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Walt Frazier, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Chamique Holdsclaw, as well as HBO Sports svp Kery Davis, Black Enterprise president and CEO Butch Graves, Relativity Sports vp Travis King, and journalists Pablo S. Torre, William C. Rhoden and Roland Martin, among others.
“I wanted to executive produce Little Ballers because I once was a little baller,” Stoudemire tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It made a major impact on my life, helped me to become a better man and a better leader. Youth sports are very important for children — there are so many lessons to learn that impacts their lives forever. Sports help build character, discipline and teamwork, which are all important aspects for the future.”
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