The heartwarming story of a unique high school football game in the Lone Star State is going viral four years later.
In 2008, the Gainesville State School took the field at Grapevine Faith to an unusual scene. Grapevine fans were cheering for them – the rival team. Fans even formed a 40-yard-spirit line for Gainesville with half the Grapevine cheer squad rooting for them.
Gainesville ultimately lost 33-14, so why all the noise about a Friday night football game four years later? Gainesville is a maximum-security correctional facility. Every game played is on the road, and the players are a group of teens with convictions for drugs, assault and robbery.
Knowing Gainesville's odds of winning were slim with a 0-9 record, Faith's head coach Kris Hogan e-mailed the Grapevine community asking fans to cheer for the opponents. He said, "Imagine if you didn't have a home life. Imagine if everybody had pretty much given up on you. Now imagine what it would mean for hundreds of people to suddenly believe in you."
One Gainesville player said, "We can tell people are a little afraid of us when we come to the games … They're lookin' at us like we're criminals. But these people, they were yellin' for us! By our names!"
The true-life story is being made into a movie called A Game Of Hope.
Read more: Huffington Post