I've seen a number of films that have this same theme: young men with issues being led by a coach or coaches who train them in a sport, but contribute to essentials of their manhood. Hurricane Season (2009) with Forest Whitaker, McFarland (2014) with Kevin Costner, Life of a King (2013) with Cuba Gooding, Jr., and a number of others. The theme--though oft-visited--does not grow old with me, because the dynamic goes on daily--men and women who continue to invest in youngsters because these teachers view their role as a higher calling.
This movie just seemed real to me. Coach Davis (Trevor St John) admits to the chaplain (Richard T. Jones) that he is tired of coaching troubled kids. But he is sustained and continues.
Underlying the film is faith. I appreciate this, because I think any investment in kids is dependent on this, rather than immediate results.
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