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General Basketball Resources

Basketball Hall of Fame: Hoop History
The official website of the Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. In this history section, read about Dr. James Naismith, the game's inventor, as well as the history of the 3-point shot, and more. The Harlem Globetrotters were inducted as a team into the Hall of Fame on September 27, 2002.

NBA: History
Read up on the origins of the game, take a season-by-season journey through NBA history or explore great moments in NBA play.

Basketball Glossary
A glossary of terms developed from Basketball Made Simple: A Spectator's Guide.

Power Basketball
A good resource for youth basketball coaching and athletics.

The Globetrotters and Hardwood

National Film Board of Canada: Hardwood
Browse lists of upcoming screenings, festivals and new awards and find out how to order a copy of "Hardwood."

Harlem Globetrotters Official Website
The number one stop for everything you need to know about the Harlem Globetrotters, past and present.

The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team that Changed the World
Watch a streaming video clip from this documentary on the history of the Globetrotters, featuring interviews with Phil Jackson, Barack Obama, Samuel L. Jackson and more.

WTTW Chicago: Chicago Stories
Producer Jay Smith on his research process and the interesting discoveries he made during the production of Chicago Stories: Chicago's Harlem Globetrotters, a program focusing on the Globetrotter's origins.

Recording Family History

About.com: On Location: Capturing the Movies of Your Life
These two articles offer tips to budding home video auteurs. The first is a list of hints entitled "How to Shoot Good Video" and the second is entitled "Capturing Raw Footage for the Fun of It." Both are pretty helpful guides.

CNet: Archiving VHS Video to DVD
The VCR is dead: Long live the DVD! Now that DVD recorders and blank discs are so inexpensive, there's no good reason to keep all those old tapes lying around. For this project, CNet's editors tell you how to go tape-free once and for all.

PCMag: Digitize Your Home Movies
Nowadays, working with video on a computer is relatively simple. That may not be much of a comfort, however, if you're staring at several hours of Super 8 film and contemplating digitizing your home movies. (August 3, 2004)

StoryCorps: Recording America
This national project's goal is to instruct and inspire people to record each
other's stories in sound. Find out how you can participate and listen to the extraordinary stories of everyday people.

Home Movie Day
Started in 2002 by a small group of film archivists concerned about what would happen to all the home movies shot on film during the 20th century, Home Movie Day is a worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking, held annually on the second Saturday in August. Find out about events happening in your area.

POV: 90 Miles
Filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldívar's "90 Miles" is the story of his relationship with his father and an exploration of what it means to be the child of Cuban-American immigrants. In the production journal Zaldívar talks about the rewarding and challenging aspects of making a film about his family.

NPR: All Things Considered: Orphan Film Fest
The Orphan Film Symposium is a group of film buffs who preserve "orphaned" films that no one wants. They handle old news footage, home videos, stock footage, and anything else unwanted. The third annual Orphan Film Fest took place in September 2002 and this program tells all about it.

For Interracial Families

The Mavin Foundation
A national organization that celebrates and advocates for mixed-race people and families to create a cohesive, multicultural society. Recently Mavin organized the Generation MIX National Awareness tour, sending five young people around the country to raise awareness about mixed-race issues. Other projects include a magazine, a bone-marrow match project and an upcoming national clearinghouse of information.

Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA)
This non-profit organization is dedicated to advocacy, education and collaboration for America's multiracial and multiethnic communities.

Loving Day: Love, Race and the Law
On June 12, 1967 the Supreme Court voted to make interracial couples legal across the country in the case Loving vs. Virginia. Read up on the courtroom history on the Loving Day site. Every June 12, Loving Day encourages you to "celebrate your legal right to love a person of any race."

A documentary film in production that takes an insider's look at the complexity of multiracial identity in a race-conscious society.

Interracial Voice
Independent, information-oriented, networking news journal serving the mixed-race/interracial community in cyberspace.

Mixed Folks
A multiracial community site featuring famous representatives of multiracial people in mainstream culture and resources for further exploration.

Also on PBS and NPR

PBS.org Websites

Independent Lens: Chiefs
This documentary features the Wyoming Indian High School basketball team, the Chiefs, led by Coach Al Redman. The film looks at how pride and camaraderie gained on the court is applied to the Native American boys' lives "off the rez." (2003)

This is a Game, Ladies
The producers of the PBS special followed Rutgers University's women's basketball team and their legendary coach, C. Vivian Stringer, for over two years. (2004)

Tavis Smiley with C. Vivian Stringer
Tavis Smiley interviews C. Vivian Stringer, the only college basketball coach ever to lead three different teams to the Final Four. Coach Stringer talks about trying to make each girl she coaches "all of what she can possibly be." (2004)

PBS Kids: Basketball Shooting Experiment by Jay and Jonathan
Jay and Jonathan do a video experiment in which they test the difference between overhead basketball shots and shots taken from the chin. See what they find out!

NPR Stories

Talk of the Nation: Harlem Globetrotters Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame
Host Neal Conan speaks with Tex Harrison, former player and current coach of the Globetrotters, the evening before the Harlem Globetrotters are inducted into the Hall of Fame. (2002)

Weekend Edition: Harlem Globetrotters at 75
NPR's Cheryl Corley looks back at the history of the Harlem Globetrotters on their 75th anniversary. (2001)

News and Notes: Racial Identity in Multi-Ethnic America
This four-part series leads discussion on the question: "Who are we as Americans in an increasingly multi-cultural nation?"