Prep Sports: Schools using Oscar-winning documentary to raise funds

By Matt Nestor
Prep Sports Reporter

The Rockford Sports Coalition, in partnership with Rockford Public School District 205 and Rockford College, will have three showings of the Oscar Award-winning documentary Undefeated this week to raise funds for Rockford athletics.

The film, which won this year’s award for Best Documentary, was produced by Rockford native and Rockford Boylan Catholic High School graduate Dan Lindsay. It is a story about an inner-city school in Memphis, Tenn., that went from a losing program to a winning one behind a group of athletes led by their volunteer coach.

The movie will be shown at Rockford College’s Maddox Theatre, with showings at 7 p.m., May 23, as well as two showings May 24 at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the theater or at the School District administration building.

In addition to the film, a 30-45 minute question-and-answer session will be held with Lindsay following the film, as well as a silent auction provided by GQ Sports and refreshments provided by the college.

It’s going to be a real nice event with a nice partnership between Rockford Public Schools, Rockford College and the Rockford Sports Coalition,” Rockford Public School Athletic Director Mat Parker said.

In addition to raising funds to help athletics in Rockford at all levels, the film gives a positive message about the difference sports can make in the lives of high school students.

Put preconceived notions aside,” coach and star of the documentary Bill Courtney said of the film’s message, “Remember, these are boys that are searching for what it means to become a young man. Their personal, internal definition of what that is and how they are going to walk that walk depends largely on the adults that surround them.”

From the May 23-29, 2012, issue

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