PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF DR. STEVE GALLON III
August 23, 2019
District 1 School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III will be sponsoring and hosting a field trip for District 1 high school football players to launch the 2019 High School Football Season. Brian Banks tells the harrowing story of seventeen-year-old Brian Banks who was wrongfully convicted of rape in 2002. At the time of his conviction, Banks was, by all accounts, a rising football star destined to play in the NFL. Tragically, Banks would never realize his dream of going to college to pursue his dreams of playing professional football.
The movie depicts how one decision can shatter dreams and how the criminal justice system entangles and shackles persons, often young men of color.
“In the current climate, it is even more important that our young men, especially student-athletes, be mindful of their actions both in and outside of school and how one poor decision can shatter their lives,” said Dr. Gallon. “This film and Brian Banks’ real life story is not only a reminder of the perils of what can appear to be innocent, poor decision-making by young adolescents, but also a depiction of an often dysfunctional, broken criminal justice system that too often doesn’t deliver justice…. fair and equally.”
High school football teams from Miami Carol City Senior, Miami Norland Senior, and North Miami Senior will attend the field trip to view the film on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Cobb Grand 18, 17355 NW 59thAve., Hialeah, FL 33015.