Hysom Zarroug

Dribble & Motivate: The Premier Of Kevin Durant's Q Ball

Hysom Zarroug
Dribble & Motivate: The Premier Of Kevin Durant's Q Ball
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Dribble & Motivate: The Premier Of Kevin Durant's Q Ball

Athletes are refusing to shut up and dribble, using their platforms to give a voice to the disenfranchised and humanize. On May 28, 2019, a documentary directed by Michael Tolajian and executive produced by Kevin Durant called Q Ball, which dives into “The Q,” where inmates at California’s San Quentin State Prison use basketball as an escape and to rehabilitate, debuts on FS1.

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The notorious San Quentin State prison houses some of California’s most notorious inmates. Charles Manson once called it home. Scott Peterson is one of its death-row inmates. And the facility has the nation’s largest death row. With that said, prison is not a place that fosters rehabilitation. With inhumane living conditions and few programs in store to properly prepare inmates for the rigors of the outside world, many incarcerated wind up back in these conditions with little to no skills.

This documentary highlights the San Quentin Warriors, a team comprised of inmates and shows how the hard work, perseverance, mental toughness that it takes to compete in basketball serves as a positive tool in the prison reform effort. Big ups to Durant, who decided to spearhead the project after years of visiting the facility with his Warriors teammates.