More than a Game

Akron premiere of "More than a Game." Two main images by JNiesel.

Akron premiere of "More than a Game." LeBron James and Kristopher Belman. Photos: JNiesel.

I had the good luck to be able to attend the Akron premiere of the Kristopher Belman documentary “More than a Game.” It was an extremely rainy Monday night, but that didn’t stop a ton of media, some lucky fans, basketball player Chris Paul and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic from showing up at the Civic Theatre to see the film about LeBron James, four of his teammates (James Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, Sian Cotton and Romeo Travis) and their inspirational coach (Dru Joyce II) on a journey to win a national high school basketball championship.

The film chronicles the story of each of the “Fab 5″ teammates as they progress from challenged urban youth to become winning men. The coming of age story weaves together interviews with the tight-knit group of players, personal photos, home videos and news clips to depict the highs and lows this “family” faced to reach their goals.

Before the movie, Belman, an Akron native, stood on the stage at the showing and said he had ” one dream and one goal” which was to tell the story of this team and to bring it home to share with his friends and family. After, there was a “Q+A” session for the audience with Belman, Coach Dru and four of the “Fab 5″ in which it was evident that one) all had gone on to be successes in their own ways (graduating from college, playing in the NBA, starting families of their own) and two) they were all still close friends.

“More than a Game” will be released October 2. For more information, visit www.morethanagamemovie.com. –Submitted by SF

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