See "When The Game Stands Tall" and Redefine "Winning"



I’m super excited for this week’s release of the awesome new movie When The Game Stands Tall.

If you’ve seen the trailer online, you may recognize the story of one phenomenal high school football team, their spectacular coach and some impressive football. But if you think that this is strictly a football movie, you’re missing out.

For those who haven’t heard of it, here’s an overview and the trailer:

Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

We’re entering football season, so the timing is perfect for a film like this which will not only capture the exhilaration of winning (and yes, occasionally losing too) but which also underscores the important life lessons that can be learned through the prism of something like athletics. I don’t want to spoil the film in any way, so I’ll simply say, “Bring your family, and your tissue.”

My endorsement for the film spells out a few of the reasons I loved it:

“When the Game Stands Tall is far more than a football movie – it’s a playbook for life. Inspirational, gripping and vastly entertaining, this film will leave you motivated to give your best for all the right reasons. See it with your entire family and leave ready to make our world a better place.”

Rated PG, the film opens in some theaters today and nationwide tomorrow, August 22nd.

Copyright 2014 Lisa M. Hendey


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. This is a “can’t wait to see it” for me!!! There are few things I love more than a good sports movie that makes me cry – case in point the movie Hoosiers. Every. Single. Time.
    I adore what this movie appears to stand for and will always support anything Jim Caviezel appears in.

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