A great movie about the impact of coaches in the community and how it brings family together. Loved this documentary. Encourage everybody to check it out and to show love to coaches in your community that are brining up the next generation of athletes and scholars. There are a lot of threads here to sports culture in New York, the challenges of coaching for community, building up self esteem, creating opportunities early for kids, creating safety nets through sports from the perils of U.S. society, and thinking about the impact when city groups don’t support children’s connection to outlets like sports. There’s a powerful connection to coaches as mentors, inspirations, teachers, guides, etc. presented in this documentary.
The beginning was real powerful thinking about what Brooklyn Saints Co-Founder Coach Shon said…”We used to have what they call P-A-L. Police Athletic Leagues. NO MORE! They used to leave the schools open for activities. All of those programs are cut. This is where we step in.”
Coach Puma adds, “We just try to put you in position where you can better yourself in life. It don’t have to be with sports. Doctor, a lawyer, it could be any one of those things. As log as we get you a free education, we did our job.”
Support this film right here, support your local athletic programs and push folks that are in a position to fund or cut to make more programming a priority for children in your community. Especially in spaces where money determines who plays. Much love to the Brooklyn Saints.
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