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October 7, 2017

Five Great Sports Movies for Motivation

As the weather turns a little cooler and the daylight gets shorter, you may be feeling the need to get re-motivated and re-energized. We all need something to inspire us and motivate us every once and a while. Whenever you find yourself in a rut and needing that boost, any of these movies are sure to do just that. Here are five great sports movies to inspire and motivate you.

  • Hoosiers (1986, PG)

Based on a true story, Hoosiers is about a high school basketball team in Indiana. Throughout their season, the team has to deal with problems on the court and off the court, and they are led by a coach who has had to deal with his own set of problems. However, the small-town team makes its way through their 1954 season and puts themselves in position to contend for the Indiana State Championship.

  • Field of Dreams (1989, PG)

A man hears a voice one day while on his farm telling him “If you build it, he will come.” He takes this as a sign that he should build a baseball field in his cornfield. After he builds the field, deceased professional baseball players come back to play baseball on his field, and the voice continues to speak to him, leading him on a journey to deal with his past. Although baseball is a central topic of the movie, its overarching theme and message deals with more than sports itself, and the movie delivers an extremely touching and moving ending sure to inspire.

  • Remember the Titans (2000, PG) 

Also based on a true story, Remember the Titans is about a Virginia high school and its football team dealing with racial integration in the early 1970s. The team struggles with many issues, including a great deal of racism, while trying to hold themselves together and accomplish big things on the field.

  • Rocky (1976, PG)

Written by Sylvester Stallone and starring Sylvester Stallone, this story of the small-name boxer who is given the opportunity to earn his respect is as captivating now as it was when it was first released in 1976, winning the Oscar for Best Picture that year.

  • Miracle (2004, PG)

Miracle tells one of the most unexpected and incredible true stories of all time. In the 1980 Olympics, the U.S. hockey team, led by the coaching of Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russel), was able to defeat what was considered to be an unbeatable Russian team in the semi-final. Occurring in the middle of the Cold War, this remains one of the most iconic moments in Olympic history and is known as the “Miracle on Ice.”

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-Andrew Domencic '19