Woodlawn Blog


The School Board Tried To Silence Their Faith. What Happened Next Gave Us Goosebumps!

At a recent high school football game in Mississippi, the Brandon High School marching band was barred from performing its halftime show, which was to include the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art.” But that didn’t stop a group of fans from joining together to sing the song as a show of support for religious…

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NFL Hall of Famer Brings Healing, Hope To Ferguson

Aeneas Williams has been out of the NFL for 11 years, but you wouldn’t know it based on his popularity throughout St. Louis. He only spent four of his 14 years with the Rams, but made a significant impact during that time including his defensive contributions to the 2001 NFC Championship team. These days, Williams…

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The Erwin Brothers Share Life-Affirming Message Through The Power of Film

In the forthcoming film WOODLAWN, the Erwin Brothers tackle the difficult topic of racism from a historical perspective. The true story takes place in the early 1970s and chronicles the amazing rise of Woodlawn High School football player Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille) and how the team’s spiritual renewal sparked a revival that changed the city…

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Jesse Owens: From Segregated Alabama To Olympic Glory

In the Erwin Brothers forthcoming film Woodlawn, high school football player Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille) scoffs at team chaplain Hank Erwin’s assertion that he has been called to be a superstar. “There ain’t no such thing as a black superstar,” Nathan retorts. “Not in this state.” Certainly, in the post civil rights movement, there was…

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WNBA Superstar & Olympic Gold Medalist Tamika Catchings Has Overcome Adversity, Inspires Young People To Do The Same

Sometimes, an athlete emerges from seemingly nowhere to capture the hearts of a local community. That athlete becomes a symbol of hope and inspiration for people of all ages. Such was the case with Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille) whose true story is featured in the forthcoming Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn. Team chaplain Hank Erwin (Sean…

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No Longer An NFL Coach, Tony Dungy Is Still Modeling Servant Leadership

The relationship between a coach and his players can make or break the overall success of any team. This truth is evident in the forthcoming Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn where Tandy Gerelds experiences a spiritual renewal and his newfound commitment to Christ helps strengthen that vital bond. Tony Dungy knows a little something about the…

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Stephen Curry Quietly Leads Spiritual Renewal Within The NBA

Today’s professional athletes are a diverse bunch. There are the brash, self-confident types who have no problem proudly exclaiming their value to anyone who will listen. Then, there are the quiet ones who stick their noses to the grindstone and let their athletic skills do the talking for them. In the forthcoming Erwin Brothers film…

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NFL Tight End Benjamin Watson Makes A Powerful Statement About Race Relations in America

In the forthcoming Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn, black and white members of the high school football team in Birmingham, Alabama, joined together to make a statement against racism. With their actions on and off the field, these young men showed love and forgiveness for one another and modeled what true reconciliation should look like. During…

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The Faith That Bobby Bowden Refused to Give Up

In the forthcoming Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn, spiritual revival spreads throughout Birmingham, Alabama, during the early 1970s. But in this true story, the fuse isn’t lit within the walls of church. Instead, the sparks come from inside a high school gymnasium where over 40 Woodlawn football players accept Christ as their Savior in one divinely…

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Prominent pastors pave the way to reconciliation

In the forthcoming Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn, a racially divided high school football team encounters the transformative power of God’s love. Based on a true story that takes place in Birmingham circa 1973, the setting and time period are eerily similar to the civil unrest America has recently faced in communities such as Sanford, Fla.,…

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