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Flint River FCA hosts football movie with a message

Over 700 young men and their coaches attended special viewings of the film “When the Game Stands Tall” on Saturday.

The event was hosted by the Flint River Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Every high school and middle school football player in the five county area encompassed by the Flint River FCA -- Crawford, Houston, Macon, Peach and Taylor was invited. To accommodate the teams, the movie was shown three times.

Several middle schools brought their players. High School teams that participated included Warner Robins High School, Veterans High School, Houston County High School, Northside High School, Peach County High School and Crawford County High School.

Fort Valley State University also had players that attended.

“When the Game Stands Tall,” is the true story of coach Bob Ladouceur and the De La Salle High School Spartans and their 151-game winning streak.

“It is a movie with a strong message of faith,” said Daryl McElwain, area director of Flint River FCA, who was instrumental in getting the special viewing scheduled.

McElwain, was attending a FCA Coach’s Ministry Academy in Orlando, Florida, for FCA staff in the spring where an early showing of the movie was presented.

“As soon as I saw the movie, I knew that I wanted to do something to have the opportunity for our teams to see this movie together,” said McElwain. “Here was the story of a program that made it very clear, that football is more than football. It is a game where you can learn life lessons and a game that can help you to become a person of character.”

McElwain first gauged interest from the head high school coaches in the area and their reaction was very supportive.

“We partner with FCA in a lot of things, from team camps to our players attending a mission trip to Costa Rica,” said Houston County High School head football coach Von Lassiter. “We want to participate in things that get our team together as a family unit so to speak so we really wanted to take part in it.”

Lassiter said that player reaction after the movie was very positive.

“They had a great time, really enjoyed seeing the movie. Some of them said it was the best movie they had ever seen.”

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