By Mary Ann Barton
Coaches and football players from T.C. Williams High School’s 1971 football team turned back the clock Sunday, remembering the glory days with fans and friends just across the Potomac River at National Harbor.
The meet 'n greet included an outdoor showing of the 2000 film “Remember the Titans,” starring Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone, based on the true story of the 1971 team and its bumps along the way to a state championship. The film delves into desegregation and fictionalizes some of the events.
The event served as a fundraiser for the 1971 Original Titans Foundation.
Hundreds of fans and friends turned out Sunday evening for the event, held at Maryland's National Harbor. The weather cooperated, with a breeze blowing off the water as patrons viewed the film from lawn chairs on a plaza ringed with restaurants where many dined outdoors.
A long table was set up in front of a picture-perfect view of the harbor, where people stood in line for several hours before the film for a chance to meet the coaches and players from the team. Donations were accepted for photos and signed T-shirts.
The movie was free; donations and proceeds went to the 1971 Original Titans Foundation, which awards scholarships to T.C. Williams High School seniors.
T.C. Williams beat Oakton 38-2 Friday in its first football game of the 2013 season and face the Centreville this week.
Here's more information on T.C.'s upcoming football schedule.