Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DVD Review: Season of A Lifetime


Faith. Family. Football. Season of A Lifetime is an inspirational documentary about Jeremy Williams, head football coach of Greenville Patriots high school team, who is determined to persevere through his terminal illness of ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease). ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It's a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The motor neurons (which control muscle movement) eventually die. There is no cure for ALS, "slow version of death". This film follows Jeremy Williams around as he leads and motivates his football team through a tough 2010 season, in the midst of his own battle with ALS.

Jeremy's faith in God has kept him going through all the storms of life. He also has a loving support from his family. He's married to his high-school sweetheart and they have one daughter and one son who is stricken with spina bifida. His players love and respect him not only as their coach but also as a caring father to them. Jeremy Williams inspires others to never give up...to not let adversity knock them down. He is definitely a true champion and hero who continues to trust God and do all things for God's glory. I admire his Godly perspective, integrity, and tenacity. I enjoyed this encouraging & inspiring film and highly recommend it. 

The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently asked Williams what he hoped the film would show. He responded, “That when things get tough, you can be tough and still love.” Williams’ wife added, “I really hope that people see that, no matter what they might face in life, that through Christ, they can not only get through it but also live a happy, joyful life.”
 
"In all my years of documenting lives and writing and researching about real people, I never met a man who didn't have a single enemy nor a cross word said about him,” said Cohen (the film's producer, director, and editor). “Jeremy is about as righteous a human being as God has ever put on this earth. He truly walks the talk!”
 
In 2010, the Williams family also received national attention when ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” selected their family to receive a new home suited for his disability and his son’s spina bifida. In addition, his Greenville Patriots also received a new locker room the process. NFL player Michael Oher, whose story was documented in “The Blind Side,” also served as one of the volunteers to help build the home.
 
The 89-min DVD also includes special footage featuring images from Williams’ college days, footage of the 2009 Greenville football team and the “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” segment. For further information and to view the trailer please visit www.seasonofalifetime.tv


~Thanks to Edify Media, Inc for sending me a free copy of this DVD in exchange for my honest review! 

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