By Brett Gibson/Sports editor

The office of Student Development is hosting an inspiring speaker tonight in the Student Services Building Auditorium at 7 p.m. The speaker became the basis for the movie “Remember the Titans.” Herman Boone, former coach of the Titans, will be speaking on leadership and diversity. The program is free to all interested and the campus community is encouraged to attend.

Boone led the Titan football team to a 1971 state championship in Virginia. He became coach of the Titans after three schools were integrated to form the T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va.

“I really hope there will be a lot of people there. I’m looking for a packed house,” said Brian Joyce, an employee of Student Development. “If he is half as inspiring as the movie was, then I think he will be a great speaker for campus.”

The moral of the movie is no matter how different we are, people can come together to accomplish a common goal and make many friends along the way despite their differences.

Boone was named head coach when the schools came together in 1971 over Bill Yoast, former head coach for Hammond High.

Despite their differences, both coaches came together that year and combined their teams to become one of the best teams in Virginia with a 13-0 record along with a state title.

Boone, now retired, continues to motivate audiences with his presentations on respect, teamwork, community involvement and the importance of character. Those aspects are what Boone’s team accomplished during his championship run in 1971.

“We looked through quite a few people and chose him on the fact that he supplied great leadership and diversity,” Joyce said.