One of my favorite movies is Coach Carter. Just from looking at the cover, it looks like your typical basketball movie where a new coach comes in and helps turn a really shitty team into a champion-winning team by the end of the movie. And in a way, it is.

But it’s also so much more than that. Ken Carter becomes coach of the Richmond Oilers, a high-school team in California comprised of disrespectful and undisciplined young men. Most of them are failing their classes and openly admit to him that playing basketball in high school will probably be the highlight of their lives, since graduation and college is out of the question.

Coach Carter makes it mandatory for everyone on his team to average a C+ GPA in order to play basketball, and locks the gym and cancel their games until they accomplish this. This outrages the school, the city, and the players themselves.

The players end up continuing what their coach started (getting to C+ GPAs) even though they are not required to anymore, and many end up going above and beyond that. Over half the team get academic scholarships to play basketball at universities all over the country.

Coach Carter shows them that life is more about just basketball and helps them achieve things these high school students never thought they ever could. This is a true story, with Ken Carter being portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the 1999 hit movie.

Here is the wikipedia page of the real coach:

The poster I made has my favorite quote from the movie, said by one of the players on the team. Throughout the movie, coach Carter had repeatedly asked the team what their greatest fear is, and this specific character, Timo Cruz, answered him with this towards the end of the movie.

(I could not include the whole quote in the poster because it was too long, but I’ll include it here).

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”- Timo Cruz

This fulfills