Youth from District 1 schools

Youth from District 1 schools’ football programs were invited to a special screening of the “Brian Banks” movie.

The start of the school year also means the start of fall athletics, including football, one of the most popular sports throughout Miami-Dade County. To motivate student-athletes to perform in the classroom, and on the gridiron, a trio of football programs were privy to a special presentation of a football-based story of overcoming adversity.

High school football teams from Miami Carol City Senior, Miami Norland, and North Miami Senior attended a presentation of the new, true-life drama film, “Brian Banks,” on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Cobb Grand movie theater in Hialeah.

Sponsored by District 1 School Board Member Steve Gallon III, the film tells the story of Brian Banks, a 17-year-old high school student wrongly convicted of rape in 2002. At the time of his conviction, Banks was widely considered a rising football start destined to play in the National Football League. Banks would never realize his dreams of going to college to pursue his dreams of playing professional football.

“In the current climate, it is even more important that our young men, especially student-athletes, be mindful of their actions both in and outside of school, and how one poor decision can shatter their lives,” Gallon said. “This film, and Brian Bank’s real-life story, is not only a reminder of the perils of what can appear to be innocent, poor decision-making by young adolescents, but also a depiction of the often dysfunctional, broken criminal justice system that too often does not deliver justice.”

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