NEW YORK (AP) — Basketball is moving from the court to the classroom at NYU, though students won’t be tested on dribbling or shooting. Nor will they spend much time on the game’s role as exercise or entertainment. The theme is how it can save the world. That’s the ambitious belief of professor David Hollander, who has seen the game grab people from his hometown gymnasium in New Jersey all the way to pickup courts in China, and in so many other places in between. “Basketball seems like one of the few things that everybody in the world is OK with,” Hollander said. “Even the most closed societies, like North Korea, who wouldn’t allow anybody in, was OK with allowing a group of basketball players and Dennis Rodman.” Hollander, in his 11th year teaching in NYU’s sports business program, had been developing ideas for a basketball-themed course for years, but it wasn’t until seeing the way his passion was articulated in the recent “Basketball: A Love Story” documentary that aired on ESPN that the plans really kicked into high gear. One of the producers working with Dan Klores, the filmmaker behind the project, was taking classes at NYU and told… Read full this story
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