Row Ontario is partnering with the Canadian Sport Film Festival to bring the film A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING to the Canadian sport community on May 14-16.
The film, which is based on the memoir by Arshay Cooper, is an inspiring and uplifting documentary about Cooper and his teammates from Manley Career Academy High School on Chicago’s West Side, who formed the first black high school rowing team in the United States. This powerful story chronicles the barriers team members broke to be able to participate in rowing and the resulting impact on their lives and legacies. Tickets to view the film virtually are now on sale and available to anyone across the country.
A portion of the ticket sales as well as sponsorships and donations will be put towards the Row Ontario IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity Accessibility) Fund. Grants from the IDEA Fund will allow Row Ontario member clubs to fund programs to create a more diverse, inclusive, and accessible rowing community in Ontario. The premiere of the film is the first large project from Row Ontario Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which was formed in November 2020.
Two ticketing options will be available for purchase in order to view the film. In addition to viewing the film, a general ticket will include a pre-recorded Q&A with Arshay Cooper, while a VIP ticket will include catered food from CURED, Row Ontario branded merchandise, the A Most Beautiful Thing book, and participation in a live Q&A with Cooper following the premiere of the film. The event is being offered through the Digital TIFF Bell Lightbox, which allows for streamlined ticket purchases and a professional digital platform.
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