HBO has just released the first trailer for its LeBron James executive produced documentary Student Athlete, a project which was announced earlier this year. Running at just over one minute long, the trailer gives viewers an inside look into the lives of amateur athletes and the consequences of not paying them and their families for their service, though they help to bring in billions of dollars for their institutions each year.
The docu will focus in on four men including former NCAA and NFL coach John Shoop; New Jersey high school basketball phenom Nick Richards, now at the University of Kentucky; Mike Shaw, who played at the University of Illinois and Bradley University; Shamar Graves, a former wide receiver at Rutgers University; and Silas Nacita, a walk-on who played at Baylor University.
Student Athlete, which was also produced by Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, lands on HBO October 2 at 10 p.m. on HBO. Maverick Carter, CEO of SpringHill Entertainment stated:
“This is an incredibly important story about the institutional denial of basic human rights for these student athletes. When Steve Stoute brought us this idea, it was a perfect fit for the kind of stories we want to tell at SpringHill. We’re excited to work with one of the best human rights storytellers in Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to help people see and feel how this issue impacts the lives of those living it.”
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