About the Movie:
As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) is a local hero both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town, but in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.
Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
He becomes depressed and basically wants to give up. He doesn't want to walk with his cane, he doesn't want to see his friends, and he doesn't want to leave his room. BUT, his physical therapist will not let him give up. She comes to his house and makes him get out of bed and clean up after himself. She pushes him to excel, and excel he does! Instead of going to a blind school, Travis decides with her help that he will go back to his original high school.
I love the story of tragedy to triumph. Although there is heartache for Travis, he eventually handles his blindness well. For example Travis finds out that his popular cheerleader girlfriend doesn't want to stick around when Travis loses his sight. That is when Ashley really came forward and helped Travis through his hard times. His physical therapist makes it clear in no uncertain terms that Travis will be able to take care of himself if he puts in the effort. She fights for him to come back to the team when the person in charge of team sports at the school tries to keep Travis off the field.
At first people don't know how to treat him, but his true friends do not give up on him. Ashley his buddy since childhood draws closer to Travis, and their friendship blossoms into something even better than Travis expects. His friend Jerry sticks by his side most of the time (until HE feels sorry for himself. Ironic, huh?). The coach addresses Travis and asks him to come back to the football team. Can you imagine what Travis's mom must have thought about such a crazy idea? Of course she was scared for her son. However, with the help of Coach and the team, Travis comes back to the team and SUCEEDS!
If you ever felt like there was something you couldn't do, watch this movie. If you love inspirational stories, watch this movie. If you like football, watch this movie. If you like tearjerkers, watch this movie. There is something for everyone in 23 Blast. Watch it until the end so you can learn what Travis is doing today.
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