Pacific Rims and Basketball in the Philippines

Many of you may not be familiar with the phenomenon of basketball in the Philippines.  You probably are at least a little curious as to why we have such a focus on basketball in our High Five Hope program in the Philippines.  One of the best ways to learn about this, and just a great book overall, is Rafe Bartholomew’s Pacific Rims.  Rafe spent a while in the Philippines really understanding the historical, social, political, economic and emotional aspects of basketball and the Philippines.  It’s a fascinating book and captures the spirit of the Philippines love for bball in a wonderful way.

* no, I don’t get any kickbacks if you buy this book 🙂  It’s truly a worthwhile read and Rafe (@rafeboogs) is a good dude too – you can read more from him at Grantland as well.