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We Could Be King is an intimate study of urban America’s educational crisis, told through the lens of one Philadelphia high school’s sports team

Great documentary filmmaking is most definitely not about winning awards, but we’re always happy to see a gem of a film get one. Last night the 36th annual Sports Emmy Awards crowned We Could Be King—a unique collaboration between Tribeca Digital Studios and the DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation—Outstanding Sports Documentary. The film, released last August, is an intimate study of urban America’s educational funding crisis, told through the lens of one Philadelphia high school’s sports team. Due to budget cuts, Philly’s Germantown High was forced to absorb nearby rival, Martin Luther King. Through the healing powers of HS football, the unified school was able to come to together and support the Cougars, rallying an entire community. The film, directed by three-time Emmy-nominated documentarian Judd Ehrlich (Magic Camp, Run For Your Life), was produced as part of the DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter program. Since its creation the DSQ Foundation has awarded funding to more than 180 youth athletic teams from across the country, including MLK.

Inspired by audience and academy enthusiasm, Tribeca Digital Studios and DICK’s have again teamed up with Judd Ehrlich for an as-yet-to-be-title documentary about upstate New York’s Salmon River High School’s girls lacrosse team, and its inspiring rebound from a losing season. The film will also chart the team’s ongoing struggles with everyday sexism, and a society that says lacrosse is still just for boys.

We Could Be King is now available via Netflix.

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