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Discussion Guide: Rudy

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The downloadable resource below is a part of PCA's collection of movie discussion guides, which aim to help you make the most out of movie viewing with your team or child. Movies provide a plethora of "teachable moments" that can be seized upon by coaches and parents to help young athletes take away lessons that will help them be successful, contributing members of society.

Rudy, a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh, is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger. From the time he's a young boy, Rudy is determined to join the Fighting Irish Football team. His blue-collar family only laughs at his ambitions - they know Rudy will follow his father and brothers to the local steel mill. But Rudy proves everyone wrong and goes after his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame. Themes in Rudy include believing in yourself, hard work, and overcoming adversity.

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