New documentary exhibits how TJ Jackson modified Delray Seashore Excessive Faculty soccer

A private screening of “I WILL SOAR” took place on Tuesday evening at the Delray Beach iPic. The documentary shows the Delray Beach High School soccer team, whose head coach TJ Jackson leads his players on and off the field. “We have a situation where these kids get a second chance, they actually make it, and soccer is the tool,” said cameraman John Sturdy, who made the film. In 8 years, Jackson led the Eagles to a runner-up season and a tri-county championship in 2020. However, the documentation shows how winning can come in many different forms. “Coach TJ has started a family and whatever these young men need, he makes sure they are taken care of,” said Jane Swanko. Originally asked to be a motivational speaker for the team, Swanko ended up making a documentary about the Delray Beach football program where 80% of students live on or below the poverty line. The film shows how Jackson applied a simple concept and told his players that they would have to perform in the classroom to keep a place on the team. Swanko said, “Because of his GPA mandate, they get academic scholarships even if they don’t get football scholarships.” Zyin Thomas, a senior on the team, said, “We’re more than just a soccer team. This is a family. We’re here to make great moments. “Another senior, Tyler Burke, added,” Everything we do, he does at the end of the day. But when it comes to serious business like school, he’s serious. “The film is an emotional roller coaster ride with some feel-good moments. Sturdy said, “The Palm Beach County school system should take great pride in what they have achieved here.” Coach Jackson stepped up as the head coach of Atlantic for a college-level position earlier this year, but says he will never help all of the kids in the county.

A private screening of “I WILL SOAR” took place on Tuesday evening at the Delray Beach iPic. The documentary shows the Delray Beach High School soccer team, whose head coach TJ Jackson leads his players on and off the field.

“We have a situation where these kids get a second chance, they actually make it, and soccer is the tool,” said cameraman John Sturdy, who made the film.

In 8 years, Jackson led the Eagles to a runner-up season and a tri-county championship in 2020. However, the documentation shows how winning can come in many different forms.

“Coach TJ has started a family and whatever these young men need, he makes sure they are taken care of,” said Jane Swanko.

Originally asked to be a motivational speaker for the team, Swanko ended up making a documentary about the Delray Beach football program where 80% of students live on or below the poverty line.

The film shows how Jackson applied a simple concept and told his players that they would have to perform in the classroom to keep a place on the team.

Swanko said, “Because of his GPA mandate, they get academic scholarships even if they don’t get football scholarships.”

Zyin Thomas, a senior on the team, said, “We’re more than just a soccer team. This is a family. We’re here to make great moments. ”

Another senior, Tyler Burke, added, “Everything we do, he does at the end of the day. But when it comes to serious business like school, he’s serious. ”

The film is an emotional roller coaster ride with some feel-good moments.

Sturdy said, “The Palm Beach County school system should take great pride in what they have achieved here.”

Coach Jackson stepped up as the head coach of Atlantic for a college-level position earlier this year, but says he will never help all of the kids in the county.

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