Monday, August 22, 2016

Greater Movie - An Inspiring Story Releases 8/26

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Greater arrives in theaters everywhere August 26th. It follows the incredible true story of Brandon Burlsworth, #77, who is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon was a true champion and role model for so many. Brandon truly re-defines the word "champion".

With football starting soon, this is perfect timing for you to take the kids to this family friendly movie. It is for all the young athletes, new athletes, struggling athletes and dreamers out there (and their parents). Youth sports can positively impact and build character in their lives. I know that my kids' have been fortunate to work with some great coaches that have encouraged them and I witness many of others dedicate themselves to their teams.

Brandon (played Chris Severio) had one dream – to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Unfortunately, Brandon was an awkward kid who lacked the physical prowess to make the team. He was written off by coaches and ridiculed by his fellow teammates. Undeterred, Brandon continued to show-up for practice. He woke up before anyone else and worked harder than anyone else, until his determination paid off. Not only was he given an opportunity to walk-on and play football – he became one of the greatest players on the field, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts.

Here are three lessons from Brandon’s life hold the key to building character and finding your destiny.

• Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t: Brandon was not the most physically gifted athlete. He struggled with being overweight, wasn’t naturally graceful, was a pretty unlikely candidate to be a college football All-American and then drafted into the NFL. He was able to do it all because he refused to listen to those who doubted him or his abilities. He always believed in himself, knew that through hard work and dedication, he could be anything he wanted to be. The only thing standing between you and your dreams is how passionately you’re willing to produce them.

• Dedicate yourself to something greater: It’s no coincidence the film of Brandon’s life is called GREATER. As a Christian, he believed he was called to be a man of integrity and honor off the field as well as on – he dedicated himself, first and foremost, to God. Your faith can strengthen you, and like Brandon you can choose to be a role model on and off the field.

• Help others: Brandon Burlsworth was a giver. He didn’t just play football, or live his life, focused exclusively on his wants. He made others’ needs a top priority – family, teammates, friends and fans. As he dug in deep to reach his potential as an athlete and a man, he encouraged and supported those who were taking that same journey alongside him. Brandon didn’t just make himself better; he made others better, too, because he was intentional about finding ways to help them.

Check out the clip here!

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