“When the Game Stands Tall,” a movie based on the true story of football Coach Bob Ladouceur and the record-breaking 151-game winning streak with the De La Salle High School Spartans in Concord, California, will be released nationwide on August 22, 2014. Ladouceur is not only known for the winning streak, but also for teaching life lessons to his players on and off the field.
“When the Game Stands Tall” demonstrates the real-life adversity faced by the team and the challenges they had to overcome, while showcasing the importance of teamwork, sacrifice, and commitment, as well as the core values of the Lasallian mission.
“Winning a lot of football games is doable. Teaching kids there’s more to life? That’s hard,” Ladouceur says in the movie. Watch the movie trailer >
In preparation of its release, De La Salle High School will be holding a special advanced benefit premiere showing the movie on all seven screens at a local theater on August 17, which will be followed by a reception. Ticket sales from the De La Salle High School August 17 movie and reception will go toward the Terrance Kelly ’04 Endowed Memorial Fund for Financial Aid at De La Salle High School. Terrance Kelly, a 2004 De La Salle High School graduate and former football player, was shot to death as he was about to leave for college. “When the Game Stands Tall” includes this tragedy and his story. Read more about the benefit premiere >
Several groups attended pre-screening events, including members of the Lasallian Educational Council (LEC) on June 24 at a theater in Maryland while meeting nearby in Washington, DC. Participants of the Brother John Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice and the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, as well as those at the Lasallian Volunteers Orientation, were also invited to an advanced viewing.
- “De La Salle’s Blueprint: What is a Spartan?” by Coach Bob Ladouceur
- “The Mission Behind the Movie,” article from De La Salle High School
- “Lasallian Leader,” article from Saint Mary’s Magazine (Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga)
- “Where The Game Stands Tall,” article from Catholic Digest
- “9 Things De La Salle Football Taught Me About Life,” article from The Huffington Post
- “Former De La Salle star Cameron Colvin pleased that movie is telling his story,” article from Contra Costa Times
- “Jim Caviezel Has a ‘Hoosiers’ Moment with ‘When the Game Stands Tall,’” article from Variety
- “‘When the Game Stands Tall’: How De La Salle football team’s story became a movie,” article from San Jose Mercury News
- “Movie to be Released about De La Salle High School, Concord,” previous article from Christian Brothers Conference