“Get the kid to buy into your dream. If you can get the kid to buy into what you’re selling, you’ve got it made.”
Those words come from André Avery, the dominating golf father who serves as one of the four focal stories of the new HBO Sports documentary, “State of Play: Trophy Kids” from executive producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey (“Friday Night Lights”). In the new series, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, the filmmakers will spotlight a topic or person who has made a major impact on the sports world. The first installation, “Trophy Kids,” focuses on parents who are obsessed with the athletic competition of their children. “Obsessed” might be understating the level of the parents’ devotion and focus.
In the 40-minute cinéma vérité documentary that serves as the bulk of the hour-long program, the audience meets four parents and five children across a wide range of sports -- golf, tennis, high school basketball and football. We go to practice with the children and parents, watch them during competition, hear their screams and curses and often cringe during the brutal post-practice and post-game conversations captured on film. Basketball dad Steve yells so loudly that his son tells him "shut up or leave." Tennis mom Jamie wants to support her sons’ athletic success but defers to “God’s will.” Golf dad André curses repeatedly in public and withholds encouraging words to his prodigy daughter Amari “until we get where we’re trying to go.”no comments