Sunday, November 24, 2013

‘Remember the Titans’ Coach Speaks at ECCC

Herman Boone, the legendary head football coach at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., and
the inspiration behind the 2000 blockbuster movie Remember the Titans,addresses a packed Huff Auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, on the East Central Community College campus in Decatur. Coach Boone said his 1971 state champion Titans squad “broke the mold” and showed the world how to become a “team” through adversity. The 1971 Titans were the first integrated team at the school, where controversy developed from the selection of Boone as head coach instead of a popular white coach. 

“The movie was not about football….but more about the importance of working together as a team to accomplish a goal,” Coach Boone stated during his 90-minute presentation, which included a clip from the movie starring two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington who portrayed Boone. Coach Boone later participated in a question and answer session led by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. Activities concluded with Coach Boone signing autographs and posing for photos during a reception in the Molly McGee Gold Room in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. “An Evening with Coach Herman Boone” was made possible through the financial support of the ECCC Foundation and the Oliphant-Martin Faculty Excellence Endowment. (EC Photo)