by Cassandra H., age 15
This Friday's new release, When the Game Stands Tall, is about an exceptional coaching program that led to a 151-game winning streak. Actor Jim Caviezel took the role of Coach Ladouceur in the movie. He studied the coach closely to nail down his quiet intensity, humility and charisma.
"In this day and age, when everybody's out there trying to impress with winning streaks, [Coach Lad] wasn't anything about that," says Caviezel. "He has the greatest win streak in the history of sports. He went about it in a way that nobody's doing."
Michael Chiklis, who plays Assistant Coach Terry Eidson in the movie, observes that the coaches turned the football program into much more than a sports team. "What's extraordinary about these [two coaches] is their selflessness—their desire to turn these boys into young men who are reliable and authentic," he says.
Coach Ladouceur started out as a religious studies teacher at De La Salle High School and started coaching the Spartans a year later. It didn't matter that De La Salle was a small Catholic school that did not accentuate football—he transformed the team with one goal in mind: to encourage every player to give his perfect effort.
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