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T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay, co-directors of "Undefeated", talk about their documentary following a football season at an inner city high school. "Undefeated" opens Friday, February 17.
One reason for Sean Combs' interest might be that his son recently completed his senior football season at Iona Prep in White Plains, a Catholic all-boys school that couldn't be more different than the school in "Undefeated". Sean, probably not surprisingly, was a very enthusiastic parent who was involved in several incidents in which he came out of the stands onto the field. (The New York Post online had several articles on this subject.) Sean's son started at DB on a very good team and filled in admirably at QB when the starter got hurt. He's going to USC next year, I believe.
On another related subject, you should contact New York Rugby Club (est. 1929, oldest rugby club in the U.S.)about their U-19 program, in which they use rugby to reach and mentor at-risk high school boys and girls. (Yes, girls play rugby! While NYRC's men and women participate, the program was initiated by a couple of women, at least one who teaches in a pretty tough high school in the Bronx. The program has been in existence for a number of years now, and has enjoyed considerable success. Both teams enjoy success on the field and, more importantly, they have been successful in turning lives around. The NYRC has a very good website that includes a lot of info on their U-19 programs. I would also be happy to put you in touch with the club's leadership, if you like.
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