'Carter High' A True Story
Carter High,” set to be released nationally next month will be premiered in Ardmore during a free screening at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Goddard Center theatre.
The movie, billed as the true story of a “once-in-a-generation team from Texas everyone has forgotten,” is presented by the Ardmore Chapter of the NAACP, Praise in the Park and Ardmore Little Theatre. Former Dallas Cowboy Greg Ellis, executive director of “Carter High” Kelly Grey and some of the cast of the movie will be at the special screening. They will talk about the movie and answer questions following the film.
“Carter High” tells the story of the other team in “Friday Night Lights.” But Ellis says “Carter High” isn’t just another football story. The movie depicts the Dallas powerhouse high school team of the late 1980s that beat Odessa Permian in the state playoffs. The team won the state championship, but the team’s title was later stripped and several of the team’s stars sent to prison on armed robbery charges.
Ellis is quoted as saying he saw the story as, “... an excellent opportunity to teach young kids, especially athletes, that no matter how talented you are and how good your team is, if you don’t comply with the rules and do what you are supposed to do, you may never make it to the professional ranks.”
The movie premiere is a prelude to a Town Hall meeting set for 9 a.m., Oct. 31 in the H.F.V. Wilson Community Center. Panelists will include Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Judge David Lewis; Carter County Associate District Judge Thomas Baldwin; Tony Posey, co-founder of SEACHANGE, a mentoring program; the Rev. Ricky McGee, Ardmore Chapter of NAACP President; Cedric Bailey, Praise in the Park and Stellar Award Announcer; Sonny Bates, Ardmore Superintendent of Schools and Ardmore Mayor John Moore. The purpose of the Town Hall meeting is to discuss the future of Ardmore students.
To ask questions, call McGee at (580) 490-2659.