Can one use sport to teach the core values in life? Can one use sport to blend physical toughness, mental toughness, and poise that will produce exceptional young men on the field of play, yet more importantly, in the journey of life? Can one be a focused student and a positive contributor to a championship caliber team at the same time? Can the personal accountability necessary to play a team sport be woven into positive daily habits that boys-turned-men use for a lifetime in their relationships, careers, marriages, churches, businesses, and communities? What a Grand Experiment!
The experiment is a platform for young men to build productive lives. It sets limits and boundaries. Within the boundaries, the attributes of respect, honesty, justice, hope, loyalty, courage, and love are taught, lived, and coached both on and off the field. In return, the students go forward to live by example the lessons of “The Grand Experiment.”
“The true impact of the experience is only known 10 or 15 years after a young man moves deeper into his life .”
Six decades since inception, men of The Grand Experiment participated in the filming of “The Joe We Know." Men, known and unknown, came together to share how Coach Paterno, his coaching staff, the program, and college life at Penn State affected their lives. These experiences have produced a group of men who work to live all that is good in “Black Shoes, Basics Blues, No Names on the Jerseys.”
For five brisk January days the Porterfield Group traveled the northeast United States meeting former Nittany Lions and filming their stories. The footage has become “The Joe We Know; We Are The Legacy” – a 57 minute short film that pays tribute to “The Grand Experiment.”
The film was screened privately by Sue Paterno on her birthday, Feb 14, Valentine’s Day. It premiered February 18, 2012 at the State Theatre in State College, Pennsylvania. The premiere showing was an exclusive event for former players, coaches, managers, and their families. On February 19, two public screenings were permitted for the public. Based on student and community response, 12 additional showings were held.
This film will premiere on witf on April 19 at 9 p.m. It will also air on April 28 at 4 p.m. and April 29 at 7 p.m.
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