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Confession: I have absolutely no sports ability; but despite this fact, I love sports movies.
There is something about a good inspirational sports movie that makes me wish I could have been on a team. (But then that thought flits out of my head, because trust me, I am doing everyone a favor by staying off the field.) Sports stories appeal to a few things that touch my heart, things that I want to teach my own kids - maybe while watching a good sports movie.
Sports movies remind us that we weren’t meant to do life alone.
Sports movies reflect this in the most poignant way, because no player really succeeds unless the entire team succeeds. And when when player is successful, it’s because their teammates have been there to help them along the way. God didn’t make human beings to live alone, raise their families alone, or do life alone, and I think sports teams and movies are a good reflection of a deeper truth.
Sports movies remind us that hard work and doing the right thing pay off.
Though sports movies are obviously about successes, it’s the parts where the players have to overcome obstacles to achieve greatness that are most poignant. Does hard always pay off with your dreams becoming a reality? No, not always, but it always pays off with good character, and I love when sports movies reflect that.
Sports movies remind us that true teammates are there for you even when you fail.
One of my favorite parts about sports movies is seeing how the main character develops relationships with teammates, and how those teammates are there to pick them up and encourage them when they fail. Everyone will want part of your successes, but true teammates are the ones who are there to give you a hand up and slap on the back when you fail.
Sports movies speak to that intrinsic desire to be a part of something greater.
I think the main reason I love a good sports movie is because the best ones make your heart swell as you watch the individual players work together to achieve something greater, a goal none of them could reach alone. I love that. I believe that all of us were made to do something greater than just strive for our own success on earth - I believe we were made to bring glory to God, and we were made to do that together with others, and there is something about sports movies that speaks to that truth that God hid inside us.
With fall and football season coming up, I am ready to break out all my sports movies and be inspired! And if there is one sports movie that encapsulates everything I listed above, it is the new film, GREATER. This movie follows one of the greatest walk-on stories in college football, how Brandan Burlesworth went from an underdog to an All-American football player.
The Brandon Burlesworth story incorporates everything I love about sports stories, and his story in GREATER makes the perfect inspirational sports movie. It reflected the support Brandon had from his mother and family in achieving his dreams, and how he supported his teammates and they supported him in the wins and losses. It showed his consistent hard work it takes for players and teams to be great. It showed how respect and friendships develop among teammates. But my favorite part of GREATER was the reminder that our lives serve a greater purpose than just what we can see on the surface.
GREATER was such a moving movie for me, and a wonderful one for a date with my football-loving spouse! When the kids are a little older, I am going to love watching this movie together as a family! There are so many good lessons and examples in GREATER, and I think it is a wonderful way to teach our kids about what is most important. After watching the movie with Derek, I was inspired to put together a few discussion questions to get the conversation going.
GREATER Discussion Questions:
1. When Brandon was a child, he was discouraged and bullied. When did things start to turn around for him? Do you think he would have been able to achieve so much if he hadn’t had some voices of encouragement around him?
2. Brandon was told over and over again that he didn’t have what it took to play college football, and he experienced some failures - but he used that to inspire him to work harder. Even if he was never successful on football, what other advantages do you see from his determination to work hard against the odds?
3. Brandon’s coach said character is what you do when no one is watching. How did he display good character? How does a person develop good character?
4. Brandon faced a lot of bullying and name-calling, but he persevered in kindness and doing what was right. Why do you think he did that? What effect did it have on his teammates?
5. One quote from the movie is “Our loss is great, but God is greater.” How did Brandon’s football journey serve a greater purpose beyond himself?
GREATER comes out on August 26th in select theaters (check to see if it will be available in a theater near you) - just in time for football season! I highly recommend this movie and hope you all get a chance to see it! Come back and tell me what you think when you do - this is definitely going on my list of favorite sports movies.
Watch the trailer below, and follow GREATER The Movie on social media for updates on when and where the film is released!
What is your favorite sports movie? Are you planning on seeing GREATER?