Press Release: November 3, 2013 By LunchBox Communications- "Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs?" is not only a great sports biopic but a film that will shine a light on the importance of after school programs and the community engagement needed to help inner-city youth succeed.
Boxing first draws in people out of curiosity...
But once you see the intense focus exhibited not only by boxers but by their coaches, trainers, managers, and family members who support them every day, you realize that boxing is so much more than an individual sport. To succeed in boxing requires a major commitment by an entire community. Meeting these fighters and seeing their determination and their dedication cannot fail to inspire. The passion for the sport and the people who support it are unlike any other.
We are inspired by the boxing community in West Philadelphia at the Shepard Recreational Center. Two of the young boxers from the Center's Mitch Allen Gym just won the Junior Olympics. Also, D and D management has a growing stable of up-and-coming Pros train at the gym alongside the young kids and legacy champions. This is where Pastor David Price of D and D realized that the man he was seeing work around the recreation center in the afternoons was none other than Tyrell Biggs, the first Super Heavyweight Olympic champion.
As Filmmakers we felt moved to connect the dots from the classic tragic boxing tale of Tyrell Biggs to the hope of this interfaith and multigenerational community that has adopted this fallen hero and, with him, begun writing a new chapter in boxing for a struggling neighborhood.
West Philadelphia and the Shepard Recreation Center are bursting with stories but an unfortunate lack of resources to tell their own tale.
Please take a moment this weekend to make this film a reality. Join #TeamBiggs.
With gratitude in advance for your time and effort,
Dafna Yachin & The Lunchbox Team
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