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Jeremy Lin opens basketball school in Toronto to empower Asian youth

  • Taiwanese American basketball player Jeremy Lin announced that he will open a school for aspiring basketball players of Asian descent in Toronto, where he won the 2019 NBA championship with the Raptors.
  • While Lin encountered racial prejudice throughout his basketball career, he hopes to inspire the next generation of Asian ballers to embrace their identities.
  • “I’m passionate about players becoming better at basketball but I’m also probably even more passionate about Asian American kids growing up with confidence, with self-esteem, being proud to be Asian, which was something that I wasn’t growing up,” Lin told The Raptors Show.
  • The basketball school’s program, which was developed in consultation with Lin, centers around a curriculum that incorporates physical and nonphysical activities to teach key elements of the sport, including communication and teamwork.
  • While Lin regrets not using the platform he gained after sparking the cultural phenomenon known as “Linsanity,” he is now making more of a commitment to help the Asian diaspora.

Taiwanese American basketball player Jeremy Lin announced that he will open a school for aspiring basketball players of Asian descent in Toronto, where he won the 2019 NBA championship with the Raptors.

The prejudice that Lin faced throughout the early stages of his career, from racially charged insults during his college days at Harvard to microaggressions from scouts who overlooked his athleticism during his NBA draft process, put a strain on his relationship with his Asian heritage.

’38 at the Garden’: Jeremy Lin says he cried, was ‘blown away’ after watching new doc on ‘Linsanity’

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  • Former NBA star Jeremy Lin, 33, admitted during the Tribeca Film Festival that he was “blown away” after Tuesday’s premiere of “38 at the Garden,” a documentary that focuses on the “Linsanity” phenomenon.
  • “Yesterday was my first time [watching the film] and I cried, and I don’t cry,” Lin said during the Q&A session after the show.
  • The documentary, which was directed by Frank Chi and produced by Travon Free and Samir Hernandez, revisits Lin’s cultural impact following the 2011-2012 NBA season.
  • “I spent my whole life trying to be good at basketball because on the court my skin color didn’t matter,” Lin shared. “But once I played basketball all that mattered was my skin color.”
  • HBO, which acquired “38 at the Garden,” will start streaming the documentary later this year.

Basketball superstar Jeremy Lin was moved to tears while watching “38 at the Garden,” a documentary highlighting the “Linsanity” phenomenon that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday.

Directed by Frank Chi, “38 at the Garden” revisits Lin’s cultural impact after he kicked off the “Linsanity” phenomenon. During the 2011-2012 NBA season, the former Taiwanese American athlete turned the New York Knicks’ score around during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden, scoring a total of 38 points.