Jackson, Miss. – The Mississippi Sports Council has announced the upcoming release of Mississippi Gridiron Gold (MGG), a full-length documentary celebrating the history of football in the Magnolia State. Based on the popular book Gridiron Gold, MGG captures the passion of Mississippi high school football and tells the unique story of how a small state with less than three million residents has built a national reputation for titanic football. The announcement press conference is set for Monday, June 3, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
MGG is filled with interviews from many of the legendary coaches responsible for building the tradition of high school football success. More than 80 hours of footage collected over the last three years have been packed into the 80-minute movie.
“It’s faith, family, and football down here and sometimes we get those priorities skewed a little”, says Madison Central Head Coach Bobby Hall. “It’s 365 days a year. When football season is over people literally start counting down until it comes back again.”
Executive producers of the film are former longtime Mississippi High School Activities Association executive director Ennis Proctor, and noted attorney and author Mike Frascogna, Jr.
“Everybody is used to putting their nose to the grindstone and putting out an effort to make a living in Mississippi”, said Dr. Proctor. “Being a blue-collar state helps us in every regard, I think, as far as being a good athletic state. This is a story that needed to be told on screen.”
The film’s highly anticipated release is scheduled for this July in theatres and screenings around Mississippi. The film has been made possible through partnering sponsorships with State Farm, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Coca-Cola, St. Dominic Hospital and D1 Jackson.
BankPlus is the official host sponsor of the movie announcement press conference. Along with the producers of the movie and sponsors, many college and high school coaches from around the state will be in attendance, along with top football prospects for the upcoming season. Video excerpts from the movie and trailers will be shown at the press conference.
About the Executive Producers
Ennis Proctor – Dr. Ennis Proctor has devoted 47 years of his life to public education, including 20 years as the executive director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. After taking over the position in 1991, Dr. Proctor helped grow the association from 15 sports to 24 and raised millions of dollars to improve high school activities in Mississippi. He has received numerous honors over the years, including designation as the only Mississippian to serve as President of the National Federation of State High School Associations. He is a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and was named as Outstanding Executive Director by the All-American Football Foundation. He is also a member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Tom Landry Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He contributed with the Mississippi Sports Council on several publications covering football in the Magnolia State. Dr. Proctor retired as executive director of the MHSAA in 2011.
Mike Frascogna, Jr. – Outside of his legal career, Mike Frascogna has always been active in the creation of his own intellectual property in the music, film and book genres of the entertainment business. He was recognized by The Recording Academy at the 47th Grammy Awards for his executive producer’s role in the 2004 Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album nomination. From 2007 to 2011 Frascogna and his two sons, Mike and Marty, co-authored five books [Mississippi JUCOs – The Toughest Football League in America, 2011; Gridiron Glory – Celebrating Over 100 Years of Mississippi High School Football, 2010; Bull Sullivan and the Lions of Scooba, Mississippi, 2010; Y’all vs Us – Thrilling Tales of Mississippi’s Hottest High School Football Rivalries, 2008; and Gridiron Gold – Inspiring Stories of Legendary Mississippi High School Coaches, 2007] about the unique culture surrounding high school and junior college football in Mississippi. In 2012, Frascogna produced a full length motion picture entitled Mississippi JUCO’s, The Toughest Football League in America and recently completed a second film entitled Mississippi Gridiron Gold which is scheduled for release Summer 2013.
About the Sponsors
State Farm – State Farm was founded in 1922 by retired farmer and insurance salesman George Jacob Mecherle, and now insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S. A mutual company owned by its policyholders, State Farm is currently ranked number 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. State Farm now offers nearly 100 products and services, in five different lines of business, to help customers manage today and prepare for tomorrow. A commitment to policyholders is best illustrated by handling nearly 35,000 claims per day. The company has grown to now include more than 17,000 agent offices.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi has a singular goal: to help the people of Mississippi be healthy and stay healthy. As Mississippi’s health and wellness team, employees are focused on helping Mississippians address the health issues that face them in a way that not only improves health but also provides the greatest return on their healthcare dollars. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi combines service excellence, best in class technology, and provider partnerships with the ultimate goal of providing Mississippians with the products and services they need to be healthy.
Mississippi Sports Medicine – Founded in 1984, Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (MSMOC) was Mississippi’s first full-service orthopaedic specialty practice, and remains the states leading provider of orthopaedic care today. One of its missions is to care for secondary and high school athletes throughout the state. This is accomplished through community athletic training outreach programs, game and event coverage by athletic trainers and orthopaedic surgeons and corporate partnerships with the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA), Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC)and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). MSMOC has been a proud partner with the MHSAA for over twenty years providing financial support as well as athletic trainer and orthopaedic coverage for state championship events.
Coca-Cola – The Coca-Cola Company has a history that dates all the way back to 1893 when Atlanta Pharmacist John Pemberton first invented the soft drink. Today, Coca-Cola is enjoyed in more than 200 countries around the world. With its bottling partners, the company reaches out to the local communities it serves, believing that Coca-Cola exists to benefit and refresh everyone it touches. Coca-Cola has grown to the world’s most ubiquitous brand, with more than 1.7 billion beverage servings sold each day. The company has a long history in Mississippi, where it was first bottled back in 1894 in the city of Vicksburg.
St. Dominic Hospital – St. Dominic’s is more than just a hospital. It is a family of services focused on fulfilling a mission of Christian healing to those in need. St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. is the parent company for a large group of subsidiary organizations and programs dedicated to the same mission. These include St. Dominic Hospital, the Community Health Services Clinic, St. Dominic Medical Associates (physician network), New Directions for Over 55, MEA Clinics, The Club at St. Dominic’s, the School Nurse Program, St. Dominic’s Foundation, St. Catherine’s Village and Care-A-Van.
St. Dominic’s is not only focused on acute care patients but also the wellbeing of the communities it serves. This is shown in partnerships with organizations such as The Club facilities as well as D1 Jackson. St. Dominic’s, Capital Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center, Michael Oher, Antonio Johnson, are co-owners of D1 Jackson. D1 believes replicating top college and pro training environments is the best setting for athletes to reach their goals and specializes in making athletes faster, stronger, more agile, and explosive, while also building character.
St. Dominic Hospital is a 535-bed tertiary care hospital located in Jackson, MS serving all of central Mississippi and employs approximately 3,000 nurses, physicians, and skilled caregivers. The medical staff, of nearly 500 leading physicians and specialists, makes St. Dominic’s one of the most comprehensive hospitals in Mississippi. Through nearly seven decades, St. Dominic’s has remained true to its vision. St. Dominic’s – a Christian healing community called to provide quality, compassionate care and an exceptional encounter every time.
D1 Jackson – D1Jackson is a new sports training facility opened this spring in Madison. D1 provides custom training programs, expert coaching and the latest in physical therapy, all in a motivating, high-energy environment. D1’s athletic-based, motivating atmosphere is designed for student-athletes and adults to receive the D1 Experience via a replication of top college/pro training environments and facilities. D1 places a strong emphasis on developing positive character, core values and self-esteem, ingraining character building in every workout. Profanity, negativity and tardiness are prohibited at D1.
About the Press Conference Host
BankPlus – BankPlus, with total assets of more than $2 billion, has over 60 banking offices in 33 Mississippi communities. BankPlus offices are located in Belzoni, Bentonia, Brandon, Byram, Canton, Clinton, D’Iberville, Durant, Flora, Flowood, Gluckstadt, Hernando, Holly Bluff, Horn Lake, Isola, Jackson, Lexington, Madison, Meridian, Newton, Olive Branch, Pearl, Picayune, Pickens, Poplarville, Quitman, Ridgeland, Shubuta, Southaven, Stonewall, Tchula, Waynesboro and Yazoo City. For additional information on BankPlus, please visit www.BankPlus.net.
About the Associations
Mississippi High School Activities Association – The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) is a nonprofit, nondiscriminatory association, run by the secondary schools in the state of Mississippi. The Association is responsible for both academic and athletic competitions. The academic competitions include debate, drama, speech, writing–prose, poetry, short stories, essays–and music–band and choral. The athletic competitions include the following sixteen sports listed in order of season: football, swimming, slowpitch softball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball, boys powerlifting, girls powerlifting, tennis, boys golf, girls golf, track, baseball, fastpitch softball, wrestling, bowling, and archery. The Association is responsible for approximately 4,000 officials, who are registered and certified. The welfare and relationships of 530,000 students are promoted through the association.
Mississippi Association of Independent Schools – The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) is a collective membership of private schools in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. It is responsible for accreditation of its member schools as well as governing athletic competition. The organization also operates two other organizations, the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Educational Association and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Coaches Association.
Mississippi Association of Coaches – The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) is a membership organization that has served the needs of athletic coaches throughout the state of Mississippi for decades. Led by Executive Director Johnny Mims, the association represents a variety of coaching specialties including football, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and tennis.
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame –The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum exists to tell — and preserve — the stories of Mississippi’s greatest athletes and coaches, who are some of the world’s greatest athletes and coaches. The museum is under the direction of award-winning author and writer Rick Cleveland, who became executive director May 1, 2012. The museum is located at 1152 Lakeland Drive in Jackson, and can be reached at 601-982-8264.
Mississippi Sports Council – Organized in 1994 the Mississippi Sports Council (MSC) has long been involved with the promotion of athletics in Mississippi. The MSC helped organize an NFL exhibition game for the Jackson area in 1995 when the New York Jets faced the Philadelphia Eagles. A second exhibition game between the New York Jets and Houston Oilers was organized the following season. The MSC also helped bring back the football rivalry between Mississippi College and Millsaps College in the annual Backyard Brawl. Last year the MSC produced a feature film called Mississippi JUCO: The Toughest Football League in America and has published a number of books about high school and college football in Mississippi.