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Go Behind The Scenes Of ESPN’s New 30 for 30 “Dream On,” The Story Of The 1996 US Women’s Olympic Basketball Team

The film, premiering Wednesday night on ESPN, boasts vintage, never-before-seen footage and 25 original interviews regarding a team facing immense pressure on and off the court

ESPN Films’ latest documentary “Dream On” premieres Wednesday at 8 ET on ESPN and will be available immediately following on ESPN+.


Directed by former ESPN producer Kristen Lappas (“Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible”), the documentary examines the 1996 USA Women’s Dream Team and the 14-month odyssey that would forever change the landscape of women’s athletics. Nothing less than the future of basketball was in its hands. If the ’96 team won and captured the hearts of fans, the NBA was prepared to launch the WNBA. If it failed, the league would scrap their plans.


Through a mix of 25 original interviews, intimate present-day footage with each player of the Women’s Dream Team, and revealing, never-before-seen archival footage selected from more than 500 hours from the barnstorming 60-game tour, “Dream On” takes audiences on a nostalgic journey alongside these trailblazers of women’s basketball, who inspired millions of athletes and changed the landscape for future generations. 


Below you’ll find photos from behind-the-scenes of the making of the documentary, as well as from the film’s world premiere at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, which reunited players from the 1996 team including ESPN college basketball analyst Rebecca Lobo, Jennifer Azzi, Ruthie Bolton, Venus Lacy, Nikki McCray, Carla McGhee and Dawn Staley, as well as Coach Tara VanDeerver.

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