About the Film:
Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin's documentary Undefeated is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.
Founded in 1899, Manassas High School in North Memphis had never seen its football team, the Tigers, win a playoff game. In recent decades, the last-place Tigers had gone so far as to sell its regular season games to rival schools looking to chalk up an easy win.
That began to change in 2004, when Bill Courtney, former high school football coach turned businessman, volunteered to lend a hand. When Courtney arrived, the Tigers were accustomed to timeworn equipment and a sorry patch of lawn as a practice field. Focusing on nurturing emotional as well as physical strength, Courtney helped the Tigers find their footing and their confidence.
The 2009 Summer/Fall football season promised to be the Tigers' best ever perhaps the season that finally breaks the 110 year-old playoff jinx. It was the senior year for the team's star player, O.C., a left tackle blessed with power, size and speed. With football scholarships hanging in the balance, O.C. juggles practice with the study sessions he needs to pass crucial exams. Also playing his last season is undersized offensive lineman Montrail known to all as “Money” an earnest honors student hoping to score an academic scholarship. For Chavis, a talented linebacker in his junior year, the challenge of 2009 lies in keeping his explosive temper in check something the willful teenager isn't always interested in doing.
For players and coaches alike, the 2009 season was not only about winning games it was about grappling with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life.
After debuting to critical acclaim at South by Southwest in 2011, The Weinstein Company won a fierce bidding war to acquire distribution and remake rights to the film. The film's wide release was met with widespread critical and popular acclaim, culminating in the 2011 Academy Awards, where Undefeated won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Plans for a feature film remake are currently in motion.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Phil Jackson ix
1 On the Value of Character 1
2 The Meaning of Commitment 17
3 Daring to Leave Your Comfort Zone 29
4 Service Is Not Someone Else's Job 45
5 How Leaders Are Denned 63
6 The Search for Civility 81
7 The Power of Dreams 97
8 The Relationship between Fear and Fortitude 115
9 Perseverance Never Takes a Break 129
10 The Dignity of Hard Work 143
11 Standing on a Firm Foundation 157
12 Responsibility for the Taking 171
13 Grace Appears in a Forgiving Heart 185
14 The Gift of a Legacy 199