The idea came in 2013 from Bobby “Slick” Leonard. During Ted Green’s first interview for his film on the Naismith Hall of Famer, Slick said, “Boy, you’re doing a film on the wrong guy. The guy you want is up in Anderson, name of Carl Erskine.” Seven years later, Ted took his advice. After more than 50 interviews and two years of research, “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story” — title stolen from former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels — will premiere at the beautiful Paramount Theatre in Carl’s hometown of Anderson, Ind., on August 11, 2022. Tickets will go on sale in June.
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Carl and Betty Erskine and their family
Tim Shriver, Chair of the Board, Special Olympics International
Vin Scully, Hall of Fame broadcaster
Bob Costas, Hall of Fame broadcaster
Branch Rickey III, grandson of Branch Rickey
Jack McCallum, longtime Sports Illustrated writer
Peter Vecsey, Hall of Fame sportswriter
John Wilson Jr., son of Carl’s best friend John Wilson
Mitch Daniels, former Governor of Indiana
Bob “Slick” Leonard, Hall of Fame basketball player and coach
Shane Williamson, president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Dr. Allison Carey, expert on the evolution of intellectual disabilities
And many more
Ted Green — Producer, Director, Writer, Research
Pete Saetre — Editor, Graphics, Research
Charley Steiner — Narrator
Dr. Tyron Cooper — Original Score
Andy Young — Lead Videographer
Vinnie Manganello — Secondary Videographer, Drone
Jim Denny — Lead Consultant
ERSKINE PERSONAL IMPACT CURRICULUM
Honoring the life and legacy of Indiana native and MLB great Carl Erskine, Special Olympics Indiana is proud to partner with award-winning filmmaker Ted Green in developing the Erskine Personal Impact Curriculum (EPIC), presented by Duke Energy — a set of educational materials for elementary, middle, and high school students to be released in Fall 2022 in conjunction with Ted’s upcoming film, The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story.
This unique, adaptable curriculum builds upon the success of our Unified Champion Schools® and Champions Together initiatives to promote Social and Emotional Learning for every age level, using stories and experiences from Carl’s life to create lessons and activities with themes including empowerment, friendship, inclusion, and leadership
"Hold on! Keep the fight!"
See the inspirational story of EPIC illustrator Johnson Simon.