To watch a movie about coming together, three city public school football teams came together for something outside of football Wednesday.
The Park Crossing, Robert E. Lee and Sidney Lanier playoff-bound squads enjoyed a trip to watch “Woodlawn,” a movie chronicling the post-segregation of a Birmingham high school and the life of former University of Alabama and Woodlawn High School star running back Tony Nathan.
The trip was put together by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mayor Todd Strange and Montgomery Public Schools. G.W. Carver and Jeff Davis were also scheduled to attend, but had transportation difficulties.
“It’s just a great experience, and a powerful message watching that movie. Hopefully each one of these teams will take that together and produce on and off the field,” Lanier linebacker Cameron Taylor said.
“Woodlawn” follows Nathan’s journey as he and other black students desegregate Woodlawn High School in Birmingham in 1973. In the film, the football team helps ease racial tension by coming together through faith.
“It was a great experience. It’s something new, something we’ve never done before. It was a big inspiration,” Park Crossing receiver Steven Hodges said. “I had a good feeling about having all the teams in the city together and watching a movie together. It was a good feeling.”
The message resonated with the local high school players as they prepare to close out the regular season this week. The playoffs start Nov. 6.
“It’s a very inspirational movie. We were just happy to come together as a city. We’ve never done this before,” Lee safety Daniel Thomas said. “It’ll bring the team closer together, and let us know that we’ve got to believe and never give up.”