Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Won't Back Down

We're big into football around here. I blog about it often enough that I'm sure some of my readers question my sanity. I promise you I'm sane, I just believe in the lessons organized sports can teach us and our kids.

My dad coached football; my four brothers played football. The sport has always been a part of my life. My oldest son started playing several years ago, when he was seven. He played almost every minute of every game that first season, and he spent hours on that practice field along with all of his teammates.

He learned about hard work, dedication and discipline. While he didn't play the position he wanted, he learned what it meant to be part of a team. Football taught him lessons that couldn't be taught in a classroom.

When my son turned eight, he had to move up a level and play with eight and nine year olds. He was the "little guy," and he would have to take his turn sitting the bench. Every child on our town's team is supposed to play a minimum of eight plays, which ensures every boy learns the game regardless of ability.

Unfortunately, our coach that year played favorites, and he ran a tough ship. My little guy didn't see much of the field at all his second season of football. His heart was broken, but he kept working. He went to practice, gave up time with friends after school and suited up for his games. He was dedicated to his team despite feeling he wasn't a part of it.

It's tough to want something so badly and to feel like the dream is out of reach. My son voiced his dream to me many times when we spoke before bed at night. He squinted his little eyes shut and told me how badly he wanted to play a skill position. He wanted to be a quarterback, not a lineman. He wanted to be on that field for most of the game, not just a few minutes.

I could feel his heartbreak, and I told him to never give up. Keep working and don't back down. Your life is what you make it; no one is allowed to tell you what you're capable of.

My son practiced in our yard every night leading up to his third season. He had my husband work with him until the sun went down, running plays and practicing passing. He never gave up on his dream, he never backed away from the challenge. His third season of football, when my son walked on to that field for his first game, he took his first ever snap as a starting quarterback. His story is an inspirational to me still, proving that when you don’t give up on your dreams, they can come true.

Won't Back Down, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, inspires viewers to never give up and to fight for what they believe in. When their children's inner city school begins to fail its students, these two mothers stop at nothing to ensure their children get the education they are entitled to.

With school starting this fall, this is the perfect movie to enjoy with your whole family. The film hits theaters September 28th. Like Won't Back Down on Facebook to watch the trailer and keep up with movie news. You can even buy group tickets on their page if you'd like to make an outing of it!

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40 comments:

  1. I like to try and change things instead of complain about them. I find courage when I have support from others.

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  2. if you see something you'd like changed, start with your county council

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  3. Start with the appropriate elected official... and I find courage if I don't have to stand alone.
    thanks
    kmassman gmail

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  4. we're big about changing our schooling around here! my kids attend an excellent school but it's made that way by hard working parents devoting numerous hours!

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  5. tweet-https://twitter.com/CrazyItalian0/status/245176403778207744
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. If something isn't being done right then speak up about it. Nothing will change if no one says anything.
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  7. Volunteer, be informed, participate. Get to know my neighbors!

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  8. I gain courage by making sure my kids grow up in a crime free neighborhood by being a part of the neighborhood watch

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  9. tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/247919114746748928
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  10. I can be an agent of change by being actively involved and participate. Getting the support of other parents give courage.

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  11. Tweet- https://twitter.com/saltysailors1/status/248103101477826561

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  12. I can be kind to those around me, even when I'm not treated well

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  13. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/MelindaJoy926/status/248130410578579456

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  14. I work in an urban setting so Im always trying to change the way people think about underprivledged populations

    seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

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  15. i find courage in standing up for what's right

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  16. https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/249261939883130880

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  17. Going to city council meetings can help make changes. My courage comes from my family.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  18. I can volunteer more and inspire others to do the same! That will promote good for the world. Seeing others take action and stand up for what is right gives me courage to do the same.

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  19. tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/249928109284024322

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. What give me courage is blogging, and the whole blogging community. We feed each other. We change each other. We inspire each other.

    chambanachik@gmail.com

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  21. By volunteering and my children give me the courage to do what needs to be done.
    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  22. By passing out little flyers/ papers discussing what you'd like to see "cleaned up" around the community. Just being a "voice" gives other people a "voice" about the issue that they either A) didn't have or B) was afraid to speak, say, before you "brought up the issue"!

    Surrounding yourself with friends & family is always a good way to put the C in C-o-u-r-a-g-e when you need to =)

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  23. 2nd entry tweet https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/250876230629474305

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  24. I can help the community by acting instead of ignoring the negative things that are going on in my neighborhood. My children give me courage.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  25. Nothing changes until someone stands up.

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  26. http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2012/09/wont-back-down-movie-previews-and-movie.html

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  27. Nothing changes until someone stands up.

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  28. http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2012/09/wont-back-down-movie-previews-and-movie.html

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  29. My husband gives me courage. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  30. tweeted https://twitter.com/mommysdizzy/status/252191509322010624

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  31. I find courage in following my gut and doing what feels right.I could be an agent by just speaking up and setting a good example.Thanks!
    lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. I tweeted https://twitter.com/lstanziani/status/252192545948446721
    lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I sing with the Raging Grannies and we try to change hearts and minds through humorous songs.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  34. blogged:
    http://slehan.blogspot.com/2012/09/win-40-fandango-gc-from-blogher.html

    slehan at juno dot com

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  35. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/252479333178937344

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  36. Keep informed, stay engaged and pursue the most important issue to my family.

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  37. I care about my family and community so I try to pursue issues that matter the most to both.
    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  38. God gives me courage by volunteering and getting others involved with their ideas to help make our community better.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/252514814679724033
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. my son gives me courage, cause i want things better for him...i just started volunterring at his school and joined the pto
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

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