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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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The Film
The Cast


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

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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

The Crew
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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.

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