The Yao Effect: Basketball in Rural China and Minority Groups | Coming of Age

The Yao Effect: Basketball in Rural China and Minority Groups | Coming of Age
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Basketball for me
is not just a game, not only a game, not only a competition
or entertainment, for me,
it’s more like education, and that,
whatever you come from, you’re either from mountain,
or you’re from city… (YAO MING, BASKETBALL
THREE-TIME OLYMPIAN) ..you’re from Europe or Asia
or United States or America, you all play in the same group,
that, at least in that field, we are all equal. That’s it. (OLYMPIC GAMES) (AFTER BEIJING 2008) (SPORT) (CHINA) (LEGACY OF BEIJING 2008) (CHINA TRANSFORMS) (OLYMPIC GAMES) (COMING OF AGE:
CHINA AFTER BEIJING 2008) (MINNING TOWNSHIP
NINGXIA PROVINCE) (NINGXIA IS AN AUTONOMOUS
REGION) (IN NORTHWEST CHINA
FOR THE HUI PEOPLE) (A CHINESE ETHNIC MINORITY) (WHO PREDOMINANTLY
OBSERVE THE MUSLIM FAITH) The Yao Foundation,
established by me and my family at 2008, exactly the same year
as the Olympics. And my first mission is to
help the underdeveloped area, to build them schools, or maybe repair their school, make sure they have a safe
building to get educated. (TO DATE, THE YAO FOUNDATION
HAS FOUNDED) (18 HOPE PRIMARY SCHOOLS) (IN CHINA’S IMPOVERISHED
RURAL AREAS) Most of the schools
we support at is in the underdeveloped area. They are a little bit
limited resource, compared to the city schools. So we know they are
very short of those PE classes, art classes. So we use our strength to help
them with the basketball class. That’s where the Hope Schools Basketball Season Project
come from. (SINCE 2012, MORE THAN
150,000 CHILDREN HAVE) (ATTENDED YAO MING’S PROJECT
HOPE BASKETBALL CLINICS) When he retired, he said, “I may be leaving the court,
but not the game.” (DAVID SHOEMAKER,
CEO NBA CHINA) And he’s dedicated himself, over the course of
now several years, to growing the game of
basketball. This is Minning Town. And this is my farm. I spend my time working out
in the fields here. Our family all work out in
the fields together. Yan Yan is my second daughter, and she’s usually
very outgoing. She often helps me out
in the fields. She really loves
playing basketball. Very few Hui Muslim girls
play basketball. But Yan Yan really
likes basketball. I think kids should do
what they enjoy. So if Yan Yan likes basketball
she should go for it. My name’s Wang Hongyan,
I’m 12 years old this year. I play basketball
five to six hours a day. There aren’t a lot of girls who like to play basketball. I’m not worried about
playing basketball with boys. Because I am just as
strong as a boy. What boys can do,
I can do, too. Because I’m the only girl
who can outplay the boys, they are all jealous of me. My dream is to become
a basketball player and stand on the international
podium holding the trophy. I must train hard. I also need to study hard. Then I can become
a basketball player. I’m proud of playing
basketball. It makes me feel very happy. This is my home. We have seven family members. Dad, Mum, sister,
brother and grandma. My wife doesn’t know
about basketball. But she supports me and
Yan Yan to play basketball. I’m going to take part in Yao Ming Hope Foundation
Basketball Clinic. I’m very excited and happy. I hope to see Yao Ming. Because Yao Ming is my idol. I may have a chance to show
my potential on the basketball court. Since 2008, more people are playing
basketball in our town Yan Yan is leaving this town for the big city
to play basketball. She’ll become more
knowledgeable and experienced in life. So I support her. (YINCHUAN, CAPITAL OF NINGXIA) Working with this foundation is part of
the Hope Basketball Season, where we’ve now trained and had 300,000 children
participate across China in almost 25 provinces,
where they’ve been able to play the game of basketball
through Yao. (YAO MING HOPE FOUNDATION
BASKETBALL CLINIC) (YINCHUAN NO. 3 MIDDLE SCHOOL) We go to the very
far-reaching parts of China where kids may not have
the privilege to travel for a game, and give them some of their
first experiences with the game of basketball. And that’s really delighted us. We have a camp,
a week-long camp for kids. Hopefully they enjoy it.
Not only the basketball, but also, more than
the competition, more than winning a game,
I hope they learn the courage, learn the teamwork, chemistry, communication,
and attitude in there. And that is what
the sports educate me during my career. My dream is to become
a basketball player like Yao Ming. The Yao Foundation
has been really helpful for countryside kids, and I hope that more rural kids
can have opportunities to participate in
these programmes. I hope Yao Foundation
will always come that very helpful to
rural kids. I liked the indoor training
session the best. We practised the correct
shooting moves, and how to dribble properly. During the last four years, more than 350 schools
joined the programme, spread out in China. We feel very proud of that. We hope kids enjoy
the basketball and go back home, not only bring the memory
of the basketball game. but also the memory
of with their friends, with their coaches, all the people who helped
them to learn the work. I saw Yao Ming on TV in 2008
and he became my idol. (BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES) (HOSTING THE OLYMPIC GAMES
AT HOME IN 2008) (ENABLED MANY CHILDREN
IN RURAL CHINA TO WATCH) (THEIR SPORTING HEROES
ON TV FOR THE FIRST TIME) I told Yao Ming
my hobby is basketball. And that he is my idol. Yao Ming asked me, “Are you happy to come here
to play basketball?” I told him, I was
very, very happy. and Yao Ming said, “Hope I can see you again.” (COMING OF AGE:
CHINA AFTER BEIJING 2008)

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