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Frequently Asked Questions

Community Service Questions:

What are Dream League's goals?
What kinds of programs do you provide for high school kids?
What outcomes and statistics do you have from your programs?
How are your programs funded?
How can my organization benefit from your programs?

Basketball League Questions:

(please refer to your basketball league season home page from the Dream League homepage and/or the RULES/REGULATIONS page for more information on specific basketball league issues)

Aside from your Asian-American leagues, do you offer any other types of leagues?
Aside from the community aspects, from a basketball perspective, what makes Dream League stand out from other leagues?



Community Service Questions

What are Dream League's goals?

The Dream League aims to help high school kids increase their commitment to academic excellence, GPAs, graduation, and admission into four-year colleges -- all through the common bond of the great sport we know as basketball.

As such, the Dream League sets in motion a perpetuating cycle of improving the lives and opportunity of high school kids, augmenting the quality and experience of basketball leagues, and expanding community relations (both social and corporate) between local businesses and youth.

What kinds of programs do you provide for high school's kids?

EMPLOYMENT: We are one of the few corporate-like organizations that employ youth from underprivileged communities. Imagine an NBA-like operation where the logistics staff are skilled positions, including difficult multi-tasking environments and algebra-intensive duties, held by kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods. We have become known as a steady, dependable employer for our youth. In San Francisco, we have been part of the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program.

CORPORATE TRAINING/EXPERIENCE: We train our youth in these positions in a corporate-like, structured environment, all the while with basketball as the backdrop.

MENTORSHIP: We run our basketball league operations side-by-side with our kids. The players in the league and our staff supervisors all provide valuable mentorship commonly absent in our youth's lives.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: We have, in the past, worked with partner schools and their varsity basketball teams to provide field trips, study hall, tutoring, and life skills workshops. A formal No Child Left Behind grant application for these programs, in conjunction with a local high school, was rejected a few years ago and we have since not had the resources to fulfill this vision.

EXPERIENTIAL EVENTS: Our programs have, in the past, included field trips, guest speakers such as professional athletes and other outstanding community members such as corporate employees, policemen/women, and firemen/women. mentoring. And, of course, we have had outings to NBA and/or college games and events such as with the Golden State Warriors. You would be surprised how many kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods have never had the fortunate opportunity to attend an NBA or college basketball game.

What outcomes and statistics do you have from your programs?

We are in the process of compiling detailed statistics about our programs and success stories about particular students. We are currently under-staffed in this area.

How are your programs funded?

Like Delancey Street, we are predominantly self-funded through the business of running basketball leagues and related events.

Some of our programs are funded by extra donations provided by or corporate sponsors and their team participants. Due to the nature of the business, we no longer actively seek grants supplied government foundations.

How can my organization benefit from your programs?

Our programs and scholarships are structured and designed to work with most high schools and other organizations serving the needs of local community youth, especially if there is a direct tie-in to our adult basketball league operations.

Our strongest community partner organizations have been the benificiaries of thousands of dollars of donations, as well as employment, training, and mentorship opportunities for dozens of local neighborhood youth.

We have developed a strong, reputable brand name which has earned us sponsorships for our events, most notably The Year of the Yao screenings, which were facilitated by New Line Cinema and co-sponsored by AZN TV.

We have a far-reaching constituency that covers thousands of basketball players, currently most notably the Asian American community (see FAQ below), stretching from San Francisco to Las Vegas to Houston to New York City).

Please feel free to contact us at info@dreamleague.org.


Aside from your Asian-American leagues, do you offer any other types of leagues?

Yes, we do!

  • The Asian American league is our core strength because the founders are from the community. Despite a less-than 1% representation in the college/pro ranks, the Asian American basketball community has existed in the U.S. for over 75 years, mostly thanks to the California Japanese Leagues, which set a decades-long precedent for high-quality organization, regulations, and fostering/reinforcing of the community through basketball.

    We have reinforced this opportunity for Asians and extended that community to include other Asian ethnicities, including Arab-Americans, South Asians, and Pacific Islanders, as defined by the countries that make up the Asian Games.

  • Our Women's League is expected to restart in Summer 2007, as a new commissioner for the league has been identified. Our previous commissioner had gone on a sabbatical after our last Women's League season.

  • Our Open Community League ("Top Gun" division) was available for quite some time, but due to various logistical/resource factors and characteristics of Top Gun-level leagues, we have not actively pursued a continuation of this.

  • Our Corporate League has remained dormant for quite some time, but we expect it to restart shortly, with better guidelines and actual corporate involvement.

  • As mentioned in the Oakland Tribune's Local Dream League a slam dunk article, if you have a particular subset of the community that has critical mass to participate in a basketball league, we would be more than happy to help you run your league.

Aside from the community aspect explained above, from a basketball perspective, what makes Dream League stand out from other leagues?

  1. Total dedication to preserving the game, from a player's, coach's, spectator's, referee's and commissioner's point of view.

  2. Using the NBA as a role model for excellence and professionalism.

  3. See also Dream League's Commitment to Quality and Excellence on our RULES/REGULATIONS page (4th paragraph down).