Fort Hays State University and the Center for Civic Leadership will be hosting an event with special guest speaker Coach Herman Boone, the famous coach from the popular Disney movie, Remember the Titans. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 14th at 6:00 PM at the Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public to enjoy.
As the former head football coach at T.C. Williams High School, Boone will share his inspiring story as a coach and having to endure racial intolerance. Through his past experiences, Boone will motivate and inspire the audience with his presentation on respect, teamwork, and community involvement.
In 1971, racial tensions ran high at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, as three schools merged to form a newly integrated one. Out of this experience the story of Remember the Titans emerged, and an undefeated football team was born; they won the state championship that year. While there have been over 40 more Virginia state championship games since then (with multiple classes), that 1971 season, coached by Herman Boone, will always be special.
This speaker is a part of the Embrace Difference programming campaign developed by the Center for Civic Leadership.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to meet such a historical icon who overcame a challenging time in America. Remember the Titans is a powerful and inspirational movie and it’s an honor to meet the man for which the movie was made. It is a movie for all generations,” Whitney Swender, Project Coordinator for the Center for Civic Leadership, said.