Living Arts Centre

Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story

Performance Times:

  • February 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Grades 6 - 12

RBC Theatre | Tickets: $10 per person

Connect to: Canadian and World Studies, Social Studies, The Arts, Language, English.

Commemorate Black History Month with a celebration of local hero Chuck Ealey’s inspirational story, The Stone Thrower. This TSN documentary follows Ealey’s journey to overcome racial intolerance on the road to becoming the first black quarterback to win the CFL’s Grey Cup. Chuck’s triumphant story is brought to light by his daughter, award-winning author Jael Ealey Richardson, whose memoir served as the inspiration for the documentary and the children’s book that followed. In this unique presentation connecting literature, film, and history, students will watch a screening of the documentary The Stone Thrower, and participate in a question and answer period with this powerful father-daughter duo – author Jael Ealey Richardson and former CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey.

From his humble beginnings growing up poor in the segregated projects of Portsmouth, Ohio, Chuck Ealey would go on to become the winningest college football quarterback of all time. Despite his undefeated record as a high school and college quarterback, Chuck Ealey would never get drafted into the NFL because of the colour of his skin. Refusing to settle, Chuck Ealey would join the Canadian Football League where he would lead his team to victory, winning the 1972 Grey Cup in his rookie season. Chuck’s story would serve as a powerful example of fortitude and determination, in the face of overwhelming odds.

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