The Brooklyn Cyclones partnered with the law offices of Pinczeweski & Shpelfogel, P.C. for a very special trip to the movies on Thursday night. To celebrate Black History Month, the Cyclones invited over 100 school children, selected by Millennium Development as part of their after school program, to attend a private screening of the film “Race.”
The film, which stars Stephen James, is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusted him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. The film highlights the themes of courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and showcases one man's fight to achieve his goal.
Prior to the start of the film, Benjamin Pinczweski spoke to the children in attendance about the difficult social climate in which Jesse Owens flourished as an athlete, and how he can provide an example for all of us, even 75 years later.
“We pride ourselves on being active members of the community all year long, not just during baseball season,” said Cyclones Assistant General Manager, Gary Perone. “Through events like this one, we are able to encourage kids to follow their dreams, while also sharing an important moment in, not only sports history, but American history.”
This marks the second time that the Cyclones have turned the cinema into an interactive class room, as students were invited to attend a screening of the movie “42” in 2013.