Movie Review: Glory Road (2006)

A moving testimony to true sports’ courage

Directed by James Gartner

Selected Cast
Josh Lucas : Coach Don Haskins
Jon VoightKentucky Coach Adolph Rupp
Derek LukeBobby Jo Hill

Glory Road is the inspirational story of Don Haskins, a winning high-school girls basketball coach who was hired to lead the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball program at Texas Western University (TWC) in El Paso.  Haskins… and his special team.

When Haskins takes the reins in 1962, the South’s collegiate sports programs are de jure racially integrated.  But unwritten rules persist that minimize recruitment and play of black players. De facto, most teams only play and recruit white players.

TWC’s basketball program is weak, and none of the better white high school players wants to come to the remote moonscape of El Paso. So Haskins entices leading black prospects from schools and playgrounds of the north by offering scholarships and a way out of their harsh realms.

The athletic director and boosters are initially upset with so blatant a violation of their unwritten rules, but they change their minds when the Texas Western Miners proceed to win.  Continue reading