Remember the Titans by Taryn Kieller on Prezi
Jul 4, Through out the movie Gerry gives us multiple examples of his When first formal meeting his new head coach Gerry says, “I'm Gerry Bertier. Gerry helped unify the team by building a strong friendship with Julius Campbell. One example of this is when Gerry challenged Julius because he was playing. Oct 8, Gerry Bertier's mother: I had to look up her up to even know her name, on his life impact the male relationships he had with his teammates or his ability to succeed on the field. Julius Campbell's girlfriend: She doesn't have a name. . In one specific scene, she sits and exchanges football tips with the. Positive relationships shown in Remember the Titans. CLICK THE Gerry Bertier and Julius Campbell, Louie Lastik and Jerry "Rev Harris and Coach Yoast and Coach Boone. Positive Final Study Guide APSM Coaching & Leadership.
The accident occurred after the last game while he was driving home from the awards presentation. He lost control of his car on a snowy road. In the hospital, Bertier asked to see Campbell before he asked for his family. As shown in the film, Bertier's mother told Campbell before he went into the hospital room, "Tears won't make my baby walk.
Campbell and Bertier's mother remained friends after Bertier died. Bertier is reported to have been upbeat after he was paralyzed and tried to cheer everyone up. The only person to whom he expressed sadness, to our knowledge, was Coach Yoast, who told Bertier about the wheelchair Olympics.
Bertier had excelled in the shot put while in high school. Coached by Yoast, he went on to become a prominent wheelchair athlete, winning two gold medals in the wheelchair Olympics. Bertier was killed by a drunk driver in a second car accident in The character of Bertier's white segregationist friend who intentionally allowed Rev, the black quarterback, to be tackled is fictional.
This character in the film, as well as the character of Bertier's girlfriend, are meant to represent whites with racial prejudice with whom Bertier parted company as his relationship with the black members of the team grew.
As to kicking the white segregationist player who purposefully missed the block off the team, Coach Boone would listen to his team captains on personnel matters.
But in reality, there were several captains and Bertier, as captain of the defense, would not have authority over a member of the offense. The movie ignores the two other major divisive factors facing the team: However, from everything that we have read or heard, none of these divisive factors were as serious as race.Attitude Reflects Leadership
Certainly, no divisive factor other than race could find any support in the general community. In addition to Bertier and Campbell, the team was blessed with other players who helped bridge the racial divide. The film focuses on Louie Lastik and Ronnie Bass, but there were probably others. Lastik had lived in an integrated section of the city and got on well with black kids. Ronnie Bass, nicknamed "Sunshine" by his teammates, had come from California.
He, too, had no trouble relating to black students. In his free time Bass was often at the Berg then a black area of town playing basketball. Sunshine won the starting quarterback position from Jerry "Rev" Harris by impressing Coach Boone, not because Harris got injured. Coach Boone applied his racially neutral attitude across the board and if a white boy was a better player than a black student, he got the position. Coach Boone's "veer" offense was basically a running attack.
It was Bass' passing ability that made that offense especially effective because it drew defenders off the running game.
What is discussed, but not shown, is how much the team and its winning season meant to the city of Alexandria in a racially tense year. In there were race riots in several U. A shooting had raised tensions to the boiling point in Alexandria. However, racial hatred is difficult in a town busy celebrating the winning ways of its integrated football team with its integrated coaching staff. People in Alexandria gave a large measure of credit for the town's progress in race relations to the Titans.
Other specific incidents involving the team are: InAlexandria was not wracked by protests over integration. The scenes of the demonstrations are fictional, the filmmakers' way of showing racial tension. Alexandria is adjacent to Washington, D. Still, it was primarily Southern and high school football was the dominant sport. TheTitans sang more than most teams, and many of the songs they sang had been popularized by The Temptations. They also sang and chanted as part of their pregame warm up although they didn't do a choreographed dance as shown in the film.
The fights at the beginning of camp are underplayed in the movie. They were not only racial, but between students of the same race who were from different schools. When the team came back from camp, there was an obvious difference in their racial attitudes. As shown in the film, some of the parents thought their kids had been brainwashed.
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In fact, their children had grown and matured in a short time under the tutelage of a master teacher, Coach Boone. Team members backed each other up.
Shortly after training camp Bertier was jumped by a group of black students in the school parking lot. Campbell saw the fight and came to Bertier's rescue. It was at this point that Julius made the comment, "Well, Bertier, I don't guess you're Superman after all. The "Yo Mama" scene, at least according to one member of a racially-united Titans team in the s, was exactly his experience. Some of the Titans players have commented that race was not uppermost in their minds, but that they were concentrated on football.
That's just the way the boys should have felt, but given the racial tension in the town, it was due to the hard work of the coaches that race was made irrelevant. The Titans 20 to 30 Years Later This film was released in The irony is that the T. Williams Titans of the s were much different from the Titans of Williams' record for the - period was 30 wins, 70 losses. The last winning season was and the last trip to the state playoffs was in While the Titans had 38 white players and 31 blacks, the Titans had 36 black players and only 6 white.
At that time, if white families in Alexandria could afford it, they usually sent their kids to private schools. In the football team was starved for resources while the T.
Williams crew team, which is predominantly white, had lavish facilities funded by private contributions. The story of what happened to the Titans in the s shows that if a community doesn't have a plan in place and isn't willing to work hard to keep integration functioning, the community will become resegregated.
How did this happen? The racial composition of the city changed as middle class white families left and community support for football declined. In addition, in the mids, long after Coach Boone had retired, drug use was rampant on the team. One player claims that seven members of the team were dealing drugs.
Another potential cause is a rule implemented in Alexandria requiring that students in the sports program keep a minimum C average. In addition, the facilities had deteriorated due to lack of funding. While racially-united teams persisted at T. Williams into the mids, by the late s, white players reported that the team "belonged" to the black players. White kids at T. Williams report that the school is internally split, and the races don't mix socially or academically despite the fact that they go to the same school.
This section drawn from "Does Anyone Remember the Titans? Continued from the Learning Guide What events in the film show that "sometimes life is just hard for no reason"? The two automobile accidents that Bertier was involved in. The first accident paralyzed him and the second killed him. These are real events. Is the story of the Titans unusual for what occurred in the South during the time of the Civil Rights Movement from on? Yes, in that it was so dramatic. Yes, because in a crucial year, this football team was led by two phenomenal coaches and two amazing players.
Yes, in that during a year marked by racial violence throughout the nation, an entire town took its cue from the football team and remained calm. It's not unusual in the sense that during this period many courageous black men and women, like Coach Boone, took risks to change society. Black young people, like Campbell, let go of their rage and forgave. Courageous white people, like Bertier and Coach Yoast, realized what was really important to them in this case the team and took principled but unpopular stands.
This happened all over the South, perhaps haltingly at times, with backsliding often, but ultimately the actions of people like Boone, Yoast, Bertier and Campbell improved the lives of many people in that region. The four questions which follow relate to rites of passage. Define the term "rite of passage. A rite of passage is a ritual or ceremony which marks the transition from one stage of life to another.
The most common rites of passage relate to birth, attainment of adulthood, initiation, marriage, and death. The difference between a "passage" and a "right of passage" is that people all have transitions in their lives. Rights of passage celebrate, formalize and regulate those transitions. Give some examples of rites of passage that are used in our society, and describe their benefits.
These include, birth and its associated rites such as a christening or brisbecoming an adult a Bar Mitzvah or a Bat Mitzvah, Quinceaneramarriage a weddingdeath a funeral or memorial service. These help people to celebrate and adjust to the rights and duties of their new situation in life. Does our society provide a rite of passage to mark the transition from adolescence to maturity?
If so, what is it? There is no one agreed upon right of passage to adulthood in modern Western Society. There are some near misses. Graduation from high school or from college can serve this purpose in some families. But there is no agreed upon ritual or occasion for a rite of passage from adolescence to maturity.
Some people believe that sports provides young men in our society with some of the advantages of a rite of passage which are not otherwise available. Do you agree or disagree? But again, there is no society-wide agreement that this is a rite of passage. Some of the concepts to be discussed in a good discussion of this question are that the rite of passage is not universally recognized and only affects those involved in sports.
There is no one ritual and its value can depend upon whether the team wins or loses, whether the team is well managed or not, whether there is cheating or steroid use, etc. List, in chronological order if you can, the key incidents in this film that show racial barriers being broken down. There is no one right answer. The purpose of this question is to lead students to think about the plot of the film as it relates to the theme of racial integration.
A good discussion would include some of the following incidents: The character of Emma Hoyt Kate Bosworth is purely fictional. She was created to demonstrate some of the negative traits and beliefs instilled in the youth of that time. This did not happen in real life. The film also implies that Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass might possibly be gay. This is also untrue. In fact, like Ronnie Bass, most of the other players on the team had long hair inincluding the real Gerry Bertier.
During our investigation into the Remember the Titans true story, we confirmed that Titan quarterback Ronnie Bass did come from California, but portraying him as a long-haired hippie is a bit of an exaggeration. I'll say for the record my hair was never that long.
Did protesters stand outside of T. Williams on the first day of school? Unlike what is seen in the movie, there were no protestors outside of the high school on the first day. Williams Titans to the undefeated season chronicled in the film. Was the racial tension in the community depicted accurately in the film? Although racial tension did exist in Alexandria, Virginia init was significantly embellished for the movie. Williams High School saw the integration of black and white students when it opened in the fall ofnot in Former students state that many of the racial barriers had been broken down bywhen federal pressure resulted in the consolidation of three high schools, one of which was T.
In an interview with the Greenville News, the real Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass said, "They the movie had a community divided down black and white, and it really wasn't like that in Alexandria. They don't have to worry about race. This scene was fictionalized for the movie, as was Coach Tyrell Brett Rice. Did a plot really exist with the referees to ensure that the Titans would lose a game? In the movie Remember the Titans, we see Coach Yoast Will Patton confront a crooked referee, telling him to call the game fairly or else he'll expose the whole plot to make the Titans lose the game, resulting in the firing of Coach Boone.
Coach Yoast also tells the ref that he'll personally see to it that the ref never works again. This incident never really happened. Was Coach Yoast's daughter Sheryl really a football fanatic like she was portrayed to be in the film?
Sheryl wasn't as deeply intense about football as the film depicts. Sheryl ends up watching game films with Boone instead. In reality, this never happened. I wish she had spent any time with my children. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Unlike in the film, the real Sheryl Yoast had three sisters and she lived with her mother.
Bill Yoast did convey to producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he wasn't happy about this. I don't like to look like I only have one daughter,'" says Yoast of his conversation with Bruckheimer. Sheryl's three sisters, however, were okay with the storyline, which was part of the reason it made it into the film ESPN.
Inthe real Sheryl Yoast passed away from a heart condition that had gone undetected for years. She was not alive when the movie was made. Gerry helped unify the team by building a strong friendship with Julius Campbell.
He put himself out on a limb and led by example showing that the team should not just be black and white but one unified team. Gerry portrays an authentic leadership style. Gerry stood up for what he believed in and for what was best for the group.
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He acted on his values and beliefs and followed many of the characteristics Northouse describes as a servant leader. Foresight, building a community, committed to the growth of people, awareness, and persuasion are only some of the traits I see from Gerry throughout the film.
One example of this is when Gerry challenged Julius because he was playing selfish and only looking out for himself on the field. When Julius challenged Gerry he collected himself and really thought about what his teammate was saying without just dismissing it because he was different.