Wildcat: The Movie “Hard Work, No Excuses”
Growing up in the inner-city of Norfolk, VA-an almost forgotten recession town with unemployment above the national average-the Wildcats have had to overcome a lot in their short time on earth. Most come from father-less homes and live in the projects. Statistically speaking one in four probably won't graduate from high school.
But when they slip on their jerseys, yellow with a wildcat roaring to life, none of these 4th graders are thinking about their struggles at home or in school. They're focused on one goal: winning. And they're doing so beyond all expectations. After closing out last season with a regional loss to a bitter out-of-state rival, the drive for redemption has never been more pressing.
This year's team has a "serious business" approach, especially with so much on the line. It's amazing how much change can happen in 12 months. From watching the players so far this season, there's a sense that they've arrived. The moment they step on the court, all their problems vanish. The team becomes a machine. If ever the Wildcats were poised for a run at the national title, this is the year. With the help of volunteer coaches, determined to show the kids a life outside the projects, and a community yearning for inspiration, these kids have a shot at winning-not only in basketball but in life.
It's a story for the ages, and with the help of people around the globe it could soon be a story in your local movie theater. The team is turning to crowd-funding site Indiegogo, to spark Grassroots support and raise funds to share the Wildcats story through a documentary. Indiegogo helps audiences produce projects they care about by collecting small donations in return for rewards-like DVDs, t-shirts, and posters.
Unlike most projects, "WILDCATS: The Documentary" also offers unique rewards, like getting your name in the credits, having your picture featured in the film, or even dinner with the team.
"Once people meet the Wildcats and see what they've had to overcome to get where they are, they'll be invested in the story and the team," said Anthony Clary, Director and Producer. "Couldn't we all use a little bit more inspiration in our lives?" The Indiegogo campaign launched on January 14th and runs for 60 days. To make a pledge, share the project, or simply wish the team "good luck" on their run at nationals, go to WildcatTheMovie.com.
Inspiration for a the new year and beyond.
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