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Playing a sport is a great way to build characteristics and valuable life lessons – across all age groups.
When a good coach teaches us about teamwork and strategies, we hone important life skills like communication and having a positive attitude on the field.
With athletes hitting the Tokyo Games in new categories like skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, baseball and karate, sports fans must be gearing up to watch them in action.
In the spirit of celebrating sportsmanship values and celebrating players who become better athletes – and better people – we thought, why not watch some of the greatest sports movies on Disney+?
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
I recall watching this film for the first time in my teens and I had begged my dad to buy me a cap with the Mighty Ducks logo! Emilio Estevez stars as a trial lawyer who finds himself in trouble with the law and has to coach a ragtag team of wannabe hockey players.
Starring a bunch of unknown kid actors then, the film went on to be a surprise hit and launched other successful films and a TV series in the process. The film also launched the career of then-young actor Joshua Jackson, who went on to star in Dawson's Creek and Urban Legends, as well as Elden Henson, who starred in Marvels' Daredevil and The Hunger Games.
Cool Runnings (1993)
Based on the true story of Jamaica's national bobsleigh team, this movie has all the makings of comedy and movie gold. The film follows the team's debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where they have to compete at the highest level of winter-weather sports. And yes, Jamaica is a land of sunny, hot paradise, so you can see how this movie is beginning to pan out!
Remember The Titans (2000)
Denzel Washington stars as a young, opinionated coach who replaces a football coach who has led his team to 15 winning seasons. With different leadership skills, the two must learn to come together, set their differences aside and turn a bunch of young men into champions. The film also stars big names like Kate Bosworth, Ryan Gosling and Hayden Panettiere.
The Rookie (2002)
High school coach Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) thought his dream was over. He'd had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever reaching the big leagues. Then, in 1999, he made a bet with his perpetually losing team: If they won the district championship, Morris – who threw a 98 mph fastball – would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim was soon on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues!
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Armed with nothing but talent, a working-class youth has a seemingly impossible dream: to compete against the world's greatest player, his idol Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane). Soon, with the help of his spunky, 10-year-old caddy Eddie, Francis (Shia LaBeouf) boldly breaks down all barriers with a thrilling display of unrivalled drive, skill, and heart, and challenges the golf pro for the U.S. Open Championship.
Glory Road (2006)
Josh Lucas stars as future Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins of tiny Texas Western University, who bucks convention by simply starting the best players he can find: history's first all-African American lineup. In a turbulent time of social and political change, their unlikely success sends shock waves through the sport that follow the underdog Miners all the way to an epic showdown!
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