Sarasota, FL – July 11 – As the countdown to the Olympic Games continues and excitement grows, Nathan Benderson Park has just received approval from PBS to air a free, pre-screening of The American Experience’s, The Boys of ’36, on Thursday, July 14. This timely event will be held on Regatta Island at 8:30 p.m. (sunset) and be open to the public.
On the heels of USRowing’s Olympic trials at NBP and to usher in the upcoming summer games, this movie documents the compelling story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Their unexpected victory, against not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers, gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression.
“There is no better venue to host such a wonderful American story about struggle, teamwork and triumph,” said Bob Whitford, Director of Facilities & Operations with SANCA, the non-profit that manages Nathan Benderson Park. “We are eager to show this documentary and hope for a great turnout, even on such short notice, to cheer on these Boys of ’36.”
Admission and parking are free. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Those who cannot attend the screening at the Park will be able to view the movie on August 2 on the local PBS station, WEDU.
The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center, Inc. (SANCA), is a not-for-profit business created to manage Nathan Benderson Park, a community/public asset and world class, multi-use sports venue. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for our community and be an economic generator for the Sarasota-Bradenton area. SANCA’s primary purpose is to develop and promote Nathan Benderson Park as a world class event center, team training site and Sarasota County Park, while providing outreach programs through recreation, safety training, education and volunteering as a service to our community.