The movie “Remember the Titans” is based on a true story of white football players and African American football players being forced to integrate into one team. In the beginning there is much protest against this by the players, the parents, and the community. As the movie progresses, tensions ease by the players, however remains somewhat high amongst the parents and community. Finally towards the end, the community becomes united and accepts everyone for who they are as a person rather than the color of their skin. The year is 1971 in Virginia, Herman Boone is hired as the first African American football coach.
In multiple scenes, you can clearly see the use of motivation, team dynamics, imagery, goal setting, and leadership. Athletic injury and the return from that injury is also very clear in the movie with Boobie Miles’ torn ACL and the psychological effect it had on him. The biggest psychological skill and psychological development in Friday Night Lights was goal setting, along with athletic injuries and the return. Has with any football team and football movie, goal setting the biggest qualities a team needs to have to be successful. It’s always a big plus to the movie when goal setting evolved throughout the
However, by the end of the film, we see characters gradually changing their behavior as they gain knowledge of others different than them. Two situations that describe this is the interactions between Coach Yoast and Coach Boone, as well as Julius Campbell and Gerry Bertier. To further explain, at the start of the film Coach Yoast is extremely undermining of Boones authority when he first starts as the new head football coach. Both are exceptionally talented in their field, however Yoast feels his white players are superior to the black players, whereas Boone is devoted to putting aside the injustices regarding the different races, to lead the team to victory and teach valuable lessons to his players. The two butt heads due to racial prejudice when it comes to coaching styles and how to coach the team to victory.
Mr. Lundy is a big reason why Coach Shipp could make his life better. He attributes his life to him. Mr. Lundy now has a foundation called Broken Men’s Foundation which helps men build resumes and community service skills among quite a few other opportunities. According to Coach Shipp, if it wasn’t for Mr. Lundy, he may have ended up as just another statistic to the streets. Because of his background, he is a huge advocate of getting young men off the streets by getting them involved in football.
Bill Yoast is hired as an assistant coach. The director of the well known movie Remember the Titans, Boaz Yakin, recreates the plaguing epidemic of racism in the 1960s. He uses common situations that anyone may encounter and twisting it into an inspiring movie. The intent of this film is to connect to the average person by throwing in the realm of a high school setting. By doing so, he sets a focal point on the power of unity by incorporating a football team and their shared experiences.
Richard Sherman, after being inspired by his own role model, subsequently used his football fame to create a foundation that supports and motivates young inner city youth to overcome obstacles. When Richard Sherman was a young man, NBA superstar Magic Johnson made a visit to his high school to talk to the students about the importance of staying in school, goal setting and developing a strategy to achieve your goals. This encounter with Magic Johnson planted a seed within Richard Sherman to not only develop individual goals but also create an incentive to impact the community in a very meaningful way. This directly resulted in Sherman using his popularity as a NFL star to give back to his and other low income communities by starting a foundation called Blanket Coverage. (Sherman, R. n.d.).
Making its debut in 2000, Remember the Titans is a film about how an African American coach Herman Boone faced with multiple challenges changes the existing ideologies of the whole town through the game of football. A film that is dramatically devastating is characterized by the transforming character dynamics, vintage setting, and compelling dialogue while inconsistent in its authenticity. Director Boaz Yakin is undeviating from this them of change that he portrays through both character development and dialogue. Arguably, coach Boone, starring as the central character in the movie he is unwavering in his position as a roughneck who is strong in his convictions. This is seen by the audience in his numerous collusions with defensive line coach Bill Yoast and players.
His passion for the betterment of himself, and his fellow African Americans came into being out of realization of the differing sociopolitical environments he faced upon his transition from Georgia to four sport athlete at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Simon wrote a particularly cruel irony in his newfound freedom that despite his freedom to play integrated football at UCLA, upon his joining the army, those same people who cheered his athletic accomplishments pushed for staunch segregation in the barracks. It was the contrasting environments that drove Robinson’s push for rights. Unlike many blacks trapped by their situation, Robinson was gifted an escape and thus had the rare ability to be both a black man loved, and a black man loathed by whites. It is this juxtaposition that motivated his baseball and post-baseball activism.
Since it’s Black History Month, I want to take the time to highlight the strides Brown took to personally end gang violence in the 1980’s. In 1988, NFL Hall of Fame recipient Jim Brown founded the non-profit organization “Amer-I-Can.” The program influences individuals to meet their academic potential and to not conform to negative environment standards. The program also provide training and education for incarcerated women, that entails a 60-hour curriculum combined with life management/self-improvement programs, Former running back Jim Brown, notably the best player to put on a Browns jersey, is receiving great honors in form of a statue. The statue will be raised at FirstEnergy Stadium and its simply awesome that Brown will able to see
Henri Tajfel (1979) anticipated that the “groups which people belonged to were an important source of pride and self-esteem. Groups give us a sense of social identity: a sense of belonging to the social world.” (McLeod, Social Identity Theory, 2008) Remember the Titans (2000) is an American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. It is a true story which started with the integration of black and white students at T.C. Williams High School in Virginia. However further problems emerge as with tensions high, the well known and loved head coach at the school, Bill Yoast, is replaced by a new black coach, Herman Boone.