Written by: Billy Splain on Thursday, June 16th, 2022
Kneeling is Coach Boone, behind Boone leaning forward hands on legs – Coach Hines, Coach Jones & Coach Yoast
Standing in the background is Coach Ferman. The player kneeling is Steve Billingsley
Tennent Football Hosts Movie Night with ‘Titans’
The July 23 fundraiser features a screening of the Denzel Washington movie, autographs, and photos.
Players from the 1971 Titans football team from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., will be on hand for a July 23 community fundraiser to benefit William Tennent Football Boosters.
“Night with the ’71 Titans” features a meet and greet, autographs and photos with five players and a cheerleader from the team whose story of integration inspired an award-winning movie, which featured performances from Will Patton, Ryan Gosling, and Denzel Washington, who played coach Herman Boone. Guests can also peruse the ’71 Titans’ museum of memorabilia, which includes a football jersey from the “Remember the Titans” movie set, as well as the team’s history. Afterward, the 1,900-seat auditorium at William Tennent High School will show the movie, which made its initial debut nearly 30 years after the historic team’s season.
Members of William Tennent’s Panthers football team will also be available for photos during the event and will be selling special limited-edition Panthers/Titans event gear, with all proceeds benefiting the high school’s 2022-2023 football program.
“Football is a game that is more than just what happens between the lines,” William Tennent Football Head Coach Richard Clemens said. “The knowledge and opportunities gained from participating in the sport far transcends any other sport that I know of, and I can’t think of any other better example of that than the Titans.”
The following Titans will attend the event: Quarterback Derrick Sugarbabe Hopson (#11); Linebacker Rufus Littlejohn (#62); Offensive tackle Kerry Lundin (#77); Offensive guard Mike Lynch (#54); Center Bob Luckett (#50); and cheerleader Nancy Musser Cody.
William Tennent High School Athletic Director John Creighton called the evening an “invaluable” experience for student athletes.
“Extra-curricular activities enable students to learn valuable character traits and ideals such as teamwork, time management, dedication, leadership and sportsmanship,” Creighton said. “The life lessons we can all learn from these past titans of the gridiron will mold us into better human beings.”
If you go
William Tennent Football Boosters will hold “Night with the ’71 Titans” at William Tennent High School, 333 Centennial Road in Warminster on July 23. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a meet and greet featuring members of the ’71 Titans football team, alongside William Tennent Panthers football players. Autographs and photos will be available during this time.
From 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. guests can view the ’71 Titans museum of memorabilia on the second floor of the high school. At 7 p.m., “Remember the Titans” will be screened in William Tennent High School’s 1,900-seat auditorium. Cost is $10. All proceeds benefit the 2022-2023 William Tennent Panthers football team. Tickets are available here: https://www.tennentfootball.com/teams/default.asp?u=WTFOOTBALL&s=football&p=fundraiser. Tickets can also be reserved by emailing [email protected].
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