Here’s a sneak peek at the MLK High Cougars football-team documentary [video]

Next week, a documentary about the Martin Luther King High School Cougars football team’s rise from district-financing uncertainty to a Public League title will premiere.

Flatbush Pictures, in conjunction with Dick’s Sporting Goods, will premiere “We Could Be King” on April 23 as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. It will open theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles two days later, followed by an 8 p.m. airing on ESPN2 on Saturday, April 26.

On Wednesday, however, a trailer/preview was posted on YouTube by Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matters campaign. It was described as such:

“Slashing budgets and still facing shortfalls, Philadelphia did the unthinkable. It shuttered Germantown High School and sent its students to archrival Martin Luther King, leaving a first-time head coach and a new principal to join together in a fight to unite bitter adversaries.

“An intimate and unflinching snapshot of urban America’s education crisis, We Could Be King is a celebration of the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods and a city together.”

NewsWorks will have a longer story about “We Could Be King” before next week’s premiere. For now, enjoy the preview.

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