With a 2000 Disney film depicting the team’s place in an America struggling with racial integration, the nation’s most famous high school football team may be the 1971 Titans. A decade beyond “Remember the Titans,” the original team still inspires film and sports fans.
And local fans are being invited to an evening with the original T.C. Williams Titans, including players, cheerleaders and coaches, for a full screening of “Remember the Titans” at Seacrets in Ocean City, Md., next month.
Hosted in the Morley Hall, guests can enjoy happy-hour drink prices, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., and the film beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
“Remember the Titans” tells the story of the undefeated team that overcame racial differences and a new school in Alexandria, Va.
The 1971 Titans alumni still get together regularly, often at the Bethany Beach-area home of the team’s coach, Bill Yoast. The November event may be one of the biggest reunions for the team in a while, said offensive lineman Bob Luckett.
“We don’t know how many more times there [will be] an opportunity to get together. There’s some folks coming we haven’t seen since we graduated,” said Luckett. “We’ve got guys coming from Minnesota. We got guys coming from Florida…”
Although he’s seen the film at least 100 times, “There’s some things you still see that you get a chuckle or a giggle,” especially where the writers changed real events, he said.
“The meaning of the story still transcends the 40-some years,” said Luckett. “If you can overcome all the things and come together on common ground … you can be successful.
There will also be Titans memorabilia for sale and raffle, and guests can bring items to be signed.
“It’s a good time. It’s a feel-good event,” said Luckett, noting that the team spends time with children and people their age, talking about football and anything else. “The story that that movie portrays is still very relevant today.”
Tickets cost $25 (cash or check), and proceeds will go toward the Titans scholarship fund. Tickets can be reserved by calling (302) 853-2055, purchased at the Seacrets T-shirt shop or bought at the door.