12 Mighty Orphans: An Inspiring Fort Worth Texas Story

12 Mighty Orphans, releasing June 18, 2021 in theaters from Sony Pictures Classics is an inspirational sports drama. The mighty mites are an orphanage high school football team at the Masonic home who do not own a field, gear and only have twelve players to complete the team. A team that started with nothing yet became a national sensation & transformed the sport of football during the Great Depression and moving forward.

Over the course of the winning season led by Rusty Russell (Luke Wilson) a World War I veteran who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress and Doc Hall (Martin Sheen) continue to fight to give these kids a chance to transform into young men. This inspiring true story of the resilience of the orphanage shines a light on a program that was considered less of a school and more of a second-class poor kid program.   

More than winning as an underdog the film is about coming together, shifting attitudes, overcoming adversity to gain confidence and witness real transformation in a community and the narrative of the team.  Rusty adds his own components and believes lessons are applicable on and off the field. He applies examples such as physics to the sport and in the credits, we learn this created long term an academic interest.

Though 12 Mighty Orphans can often be foreshadowed & uses typical plot points it is nonetheless a great sports film of involvement in the community.

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Ken Guardado

Ken Guardado is a Carson native graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Northridge in May 2021 with a major in communication. His emphasis is in public relations and broadcasting. Ken has a passion for sports and is currently in the process of the production of his very own sports podcast, where his goal is to reach a diverse audience that is particularly interested in the interaction of athletes and social/cultural responsibility. His love for music, sports and photography has inspired him to see himself producing multimedia content for a major network in the fields of entertainment. He aspires to lead his community as well as recently established high school as an alumnus.

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