Courtesy of our friends at TeamWorks Media:
CHICAGO – The Street Stops Here chronicles the legendary St. Anthony High School basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. and the journey of his team’s record-setting 25th state championship season. The Street Stops Here will air Sunday, February 19, 2012, on ESPNU at 8:00 p.m. ET during the height of college basketball season, and will replay on ESPNU five additional times leading up to the 2012 Final Four. ESPN Classic will also air The Street Stops Here throughout 2012 and beyond. Produced by Chicago-based TeamWorks Media (TWM), this acclaimed documentary shares the inspiring story of a coach’s mission to change lives armed with nothing more than a basketball.
Several members of the 2007-08 team featured in The Street Stops Here are currently playing in the NCAA including Mike Rosario (Florida), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas), Travon Woodall (Pittsburgh), Jio Fontan (USC) and Dominic Cheek (Villanova).
The ESPNU premiere will feature an exclusive post-film roundtable discussion with Bob Hurley Sr., with his sons Danny Hurley, head coach at Wagner College, and Bobby Hurley, former Duke star and assistant coach at Wagner College. The roundtable is moderated by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams, former Duke star.
The Street Stops Here is a portrait of one of the most successful basketball coaches at any level, Bob Hurley Sr., and his career-long struggle to inspire and motivate his players. St. Anthony High School, an inner-city Catholic school in Jersey City, NJ, relies on Coach Hurley and the national following of its basketball program to keep its doors open. Even with his many championship trophies, Hurley is most proud of having sent all but two of the players he has coached throughout his 39-year career on to college. The Street Stops Here weaves together stories of teenagers fighting to get out of underprivileged neighborhoods, fundraising amidst the collapse of Wall Street and how one man uses basketball to teach life lessons.
Never before have cameras captured the St. Anthony story from the inside to this magnitude. TWM was granted unlimited and unfiltered access to Hurley’s St. Anthony basketball program and had cameras at every step of their emotional journey toward their third USA Today National Championship and Hurley’s National Coach of the Year performance.
TWM secured interviews with some of basketball’s most renowned names to offer insights as part of The Street Stops Here, including Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski; North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams; and Hall of Fame high school coaching legend, Morgan Wootten.
The film is narrated by actor Harry Lennix, known for his roles in motion pictures such as The Matrix series, Stomp the Yard, Ray, Love & Basketball and State of Play. The original score was created by acclaimed composer Alec Puro, with additional songs by Explosions in the Sky.
TeamWorks Media has produced several sports documentaries including The Team That Changed The World, the critically-acclaimed historical documentary revealing how the Harlem Globetrotters helped to break the color barrier in professional basketball; Disco Demolition 25th Anniversary: The Real Story, which examines the Chicago White Sox promotion that quickly became a cultural phenomenon and an influential moment in music history; and The Demons Within, a documentary chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama of the nationally-ranked 1999-2000 DePaul University men’s basketball team which included four players that went on to play in the NBA. TeamWorks Media is also currently in production on Goose, a documentary that tells the story of Hall of Fame legend Reece “Goose” Tatum, scheduled to air on ESPN on February 26, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. ET.