MARQUETTE Ã‚– Coaches Herman Boone and Bill Yoast, whose football team was the subject of the Disney film, Ã‚“Remember the Titans,Ã‚” will visit Northern Michigan University. They will make a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center.
In 1971, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, Va., as three schools were newly integrated to form the T.C. Williams High School. It was from this union that the Titan football team was created. The former rivalries between the schools, coupled with the strain between the black and white players, resulted in a team that was far from united.
Tensions only escalated when Boone, assistant coach of the former T.C. Williams High School, was named head coach of the Titans, passing over local favorite Bill Yoast, successful head coach of the formerly all-white Hammond High.
The two coaches were able to put aside their prejudices. They unified their players to form a team whose common vision was to respect each other and win football games. At the same time, through the game of football, Boone and Yoast were able to help their small community put aside intolerance and join together to support their children. The Titans became one of the best teams in Virginia, compiling a 13-0 record and winning the state championship.
The event is free for NMU students and $2 for non-students. It is sponsored by Platform Personalities. For more information, call 906-227-2447.