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Online Debut Of ‘I Got Your Back,’ Panel Discussion Featuring Pro Football HOFer Donnie Shell, Others To Be Held November 19

Yonkers I Got Your Back D2C

Dedication To Community (D2C), in partnership with ENew Films today announced that “I Got Your Back”, a critically important 15-minute short film that tells the story of how, Yonkers Police and Fire personnel, as volunteers and with the assistance of the Yonkers Force’s High School football Coach Dan DeMatteo and others, found a way to keep high school football alive in a cash strapped school system and impacted the lives of hundreds of young men, their families and the entire Yonkers community through teaching life skills, teamwork and dedication to cause will make its debut Thursday Night, November 19 at 7:00 PM. You can also follow #ForceFilm on social.

The screening will be followed by a discussion about the values of the film, which will include the following panelists:

Pro Football Hall of Famer with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Award-Winning Athlete Engagement Pioneer and Community Leader Donnie Shell

The Force’s Head Coach Dan DeMatteo

D2C Founder, Boston College graduate and Yonkers native M. Quentin Williams

Student-Athlete Tyrik Greene

Yonkers Police Department Detective Keith Olson

Film director Eric Newman

The screening and panel discussion are FREE and open to all.

Click this link to enroll: www.eventbrite.com/e/i-got-your-back-tickets-128284914633

The film chronicles the stories of the Yonkers Force, its players, coaches and families beginning in 2018 (the program’s current season has been postponed until April due to restrictions on high school sports because of COV-19).

The Yonkers high school football glory days have seemingly passed, and football has been struggling. After extreme budget cuts and concerns over safety, eight Yonkers high school football teams that were formerly rivals have been merged into two programs. With the police and fire department working as mentors, the newly formed teams are aptly named the Force and the Brave. In the midst of these uneasy alliances, a coach and his staff work hard to build bridges and save high school football in Yonkers, while law enforcement and teenagers take the necessary steps forward towards trust and respect. These alliances and a new rivalry have now set the scene for a rebirth in Yonkers that culminates with a newly shared tradition, under the Friday Night Lights.

The short film highlights this crucial merger whose big picture goal is to be an example of a creative solution to solve both a local community and national problem that continues to cost lives. Weaved into the narrative is both the past and present DNA of the Yonkers community, what this merger does for the city off the field, the negative effects felt when public schools eliminate sports programs due to state budget cuts and the nationwide issue of police/community tension.

Interested parties can also sign up to receive information by sending a request to forcefilm@dedicationtocommunity.org.

An expanded feature length film is currently being planned as well.

Williams is a Yonkers, New York raised, Boston College (where he played football) and St. John’s University Law School grad, and a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor who has also held senior community and business positions with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the NBA, and the NFL, and has brought all of those skills and relationships together to grow D2C in the past years. D2C’s presence has never been more important than it is today.

To date, Williams has worked with law enforcement agencies in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Missouri, the Carolinas and the FBI National Academy in Virginia, where he is an instructor. In September, D2C expanded its reach to involve professional athletes, adding former NFL executive Lamonte Winston (director, player engagement and development, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders) and Shell (Pittsburgh Steelers). Williams also announced in September a historic partnership with the Miami HEAT and City of Miami Police Department.

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