Character Team

A Discussion and a Movie Comes Home to Atlanta

Check out pictures from The event at The Alternative School!

The home of the Chris Draft Family Foundation, Atlanta, Ga., will become the host of one of the foundation’s biggest events this week, as local Atlanta student-leaders will participate in “A Discussion and a Movie” featuring Academy Award Best Picture nominee “The Blind Side.”

On Thursday, April 22, at 9:15 a.m. at The Alternative School and on Friday, April 23, at the Alonzo Crim Open Campus High School, student-leaders will be invited to a private showing of “The Blind Side.” Following the movie, Draft will lead a discussion of the film, highlighting the theme of key character traits throughout the movie. After the event, each student will be asked to participate in an essay contest, with the winners receiving  the opportunity to have dinner with Draft. The students will be asked to write a one-page essay and submit it to their school administrators. The students, known as “Draft’s Picks,” were selected because of their leadership, academic, extracurricular activities and community service.

Both schools fit perfectly within the message of A Discussion and a Movie, as well as the film itself. The Alternative school, part of the Clatyon County School District, aims to provide a relevant quality education in a safe learning environment. Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus High School is an Atlanta Public School that is designed to compliment traditional high schools. They help helps ensure the success of students who may find it difficult to reach their potential in a traditional setting and enables each student to experience accomplishment, a feeling of belonging and confidence in setting goals and making life choices.

“The Blind Side” is based on a true story which depicts the story of Michael Oher, a teenager who is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy.  Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael—wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter—come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family, despite the differences in their backgrounds.

The Chris Draft Family Foundation’s “A Discussion and a Movie” is an effort to promote the development of the following Character Team™ traits as pillars that build positive and productive men and women: compassion, courage, honest, perseverance, respect, responsible and self-discipline. Through the attainment of these positive character traits, the foundation’s goal of encouraging the achievement of academic success, leadership and positive change in communities across the country will be accomplished, continuing the work the Chris Draft Family Foundation started with the character-based event.