Hoop Dreams tells the story of two young men in Chicago who are trying to realize their dream of playing professional basketball. William Gates and Arthur Agee are forced to endure radical changes to their lives in pursuit of basketball glory. The process each young man goes through ultimately provides unique insights into race and poverty.
Gates and Agee are taken from a poor upbringing in the projects of Chicago and thrust into a competitive basketball program at one of Illinois’ premier schools. They must deal with 90 minute rides to and from school, a tough practice schedule, and academic challenges. Hoop Dreams is an in-depth look at professional sports as a golden ticket for many young people who have limited options for advancement in America.