Movie #6: Glory Road (2006)
Length: 106 minutes
Rating: PG for racial issues including violence and epithets, and momentary language
Plot: This movie is based on a true story. Don Haskins, a girls basketball coach, is hired to become the men’s basketball coach of the Texas Western Miners. He goes on the recruiting trial to find the best talent in the land, black or white – in the mid-’60s, when black and white were seldom mixed anywhere, let alone on a college basketball court.
The team Haskins puts together – seven black players and five white – is repeatedly ridiculed and threatened as they travel around the country. And yet, Haskins and his Miners come together as a team and reach the NCAA championship game against perennial powerhouse Kentucky.
Discussion Starter Questions:
v What risks did Haskins and his coaches take in recruiting black players at that time? What risks did the players themselves – both black and white – take in accepting Haskins’ offer?
v Besides their accomplishments as a team, what other advances did you see both on the court and off because of the team Haskins put together?
v Why was it difficult for the coaches and players to listen and learn from each other? What can you learn from this?
v What kind of people do you struggle most with seeing as equals? How would seeing them through God’s eyes change your relationships?
v What kind of risk might you be called to take right now? What do you think your first step is in accepting that challenge?
- From the book, Field Guide to Neighborhood Outreach by Group Publishing, 2007.
Over the past few weeks, we have featured the outreach idea of having a Movie Night with your neighbors, along with film ideas and presentation tips. You might wish to host several Movie Nights for your neighbors over the course of our long Wisconsin winter in order to incorporate all of these films. Whatever you choose, have fun!
Note: We’ve now covered the entire Neighborhood Outreach book, so this brings our column to a close. I hope the ideas presented over the past two years have motivated you to witness to your neighbors in practical, fun, and inventive ways. Stay tuned for more outreach tips in the months to come. – Lisa Jaeger