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Finding Inspiration in My Favorite Sports Film {+ Creed II in Theaters November 21}

**This is a sponsored post written by myself on behalf of Grace Hill Media. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

What is your favorite sports movie?

Throughout the years, there have been many great ones to choose from. Classics like 'A League of Their Own' or 'Remember the Titans'. Newer movies that tugged at our hearts like 'Blindsided'. Movies with iconic moments like my husband's favorite, 'Rocky'. Even comedic options like one of son's favorites, 'Space Jam'. With so many great ones, it's hard to choose just one.

The reality is, sports movies have a way of drawing us in... both sports fans and non-fans alike. To be honest, I couldn't tell you a touchdown from a home run. I couldn't tell you anything about any specific teams or players if my life depended on it. But a good sports movie? I'll take it! I love their common theme of inspiration, overcoming the odds, and never giving up on your dreams. These are lessons that each and every one of- athlete or not- can apply to our own lives as obstacles arise.

But back to the question, what is MY favorite sports movie?

While I love all of the films mentioned above, I must admit my favorites tend to be those Disney Channel Original Movies that I watched as a child. They had quite the variety from surfing to snowboarding, bowling to basketball. They might not have been as well known, but I enjoyed each and every one.

One that has always stood out to me was 'Miracle in Lane 2'. Starring Frankie Muniz, this movie told the true story of Justin Yoder, a 13 year old boy with spina bifida who dreamed of winning a trophy like his athletic older brother. When he discovers a soap box car in his neighbor's garage, he believes he has finally found a sport that he can excel at in spite of his wheelchair. Throughout the movie, we get to follow him along that journey- through the challenges and triumphs. One of my favorite scenes, was during one of several scenes where Justin is speaking to God (whom he envisions as his favorite racing hero) and he asks if people are perfect when they go to Heaven... to which he responds by showing a scene of Heaven in which everyone is in a wheelchair. As a special needs mom, this is a message that I love, that we are all perfect in God's eyes, despite being differently abled or not. Now, I suppose it could be debatable if racing is truly a sport, but if you ask me, this movies fit all the qualifications for a good sports movie to a T. I loved it then, and love it even more now.

Are you looking for another great inspirational sports fan to watch with your family this holiday season? The wait is almost over. CREED II is hitting theaters on November 21. The duo who taught us to “go the distance,” and fight for our dreams face their biggest challenge yet – both on and off the ring.

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history. #CreedII

Visit the Creed Website to Learn More: https://www.creedthemovie.com

What makes a great sports movie in your opinion? Which is your favorite? Will you be checking out Creed in theaters? I want to hear all about it in the comments below.


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