A week in Spartanburg, South Carolina
We were thrilled when Spartanburg reached out to ask us to bring The Other Boys of Summer to the community. They recognized the value of the program as a powerful way to bring the community together and engage in conversation. Spartanburg has a rich baseball history that includes The Spartanburg Sluggers and legends like Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige. It's the home to Duncan Park, the oldest ballpark in the state.
The program was used throughout the city at multiple venues and the impact was remarkable. The panelists included filmmaker Lauren Meyer, author, educator and historian - Dr. Edwin Epps and former baseball player and local historian Luther Norman.
At the C.C. Woodson Recreation Center they initially set up 100 folding chairs and kept adding more until they ran out of chairs. Over 140 people joined us for a great evening. People not only asked questions after the film but shared personal stories and experiences. People traveled from hours away to join us.
We did multiple programs at the Spartanburg High School and reached almost 2000 students, educators, coaches and administrators. We also met with a smaller group of students to hear their thoughts and answer questions.
We did programs at Spartanburg Community College and the library as well. The film was enjoyed by people of all ages and the conversations were impactful. We were not only welcomed with open arms, but thanked daily for the impact and value were were providing. It was truly remarkable.
Thank You Spartanburg. If you'd like to see more about the events check out our Press/Media page - NBC, CBS and the Herald Journal all showed us some love.