Fathers of the Sport chronicles the history and origins of professional basketball in America, rising from the inner citites to international sports fame. The early 1960's were tough times in America, especially for many inner city atheletes of color facing racism, war, oppression, and poverty. The asphalt courts of city playgrounds became an incubator for basketball talent, and grew into a highly popular and watched spectator sport. From Rucker Park to the Baker League and beyond, these legendary player's courage, fire, and on-court determination helped turn the growing enthusiasm for basketball into a major sports industry and ultimately into the National Basketball Association. Produced with the participation of basketball legends such as Joe Jellybean Bryant, Lucien Allen, and other basketball royalty, this film is the most historically honest account of the origin and history of playground basketball in the pre-NBA era. Produced by Providence Films and directed by Xavier Mitchell.