April 29, 2022 On Campus
04/29/2022 7:00 PM 04/29/2022 8:00 PM America/New_York Andover A conversation with Arshay Cooper

The true story of America’s first all-Black high school rowing team

Growing up on Chicago’s West Side in the ’90s, Arshay Cooper (above, far right) knew the harder side of life. Cooper writes that the street corners were full of gangs, the hallways of his apartment complex were haunted by drug addicts. Cooper mostly kept to himself. Then one day he noticed a boat in the school lunchroom and a poster that read “Join the Crew Team.” Knowing nothing about the sport of crew, Cooper decided to take a chance. A Most Beautiful Thing tells the story of an unlikely band of brothers that forms a family and forever changes a sport—and their lives—for the better.

Cooper’s 2015 memoir inspired a powerful, award-winning documentary. Released in 2020 and recently shown on campus, A Most Beautiful Thing was written, directed, and produced by Mary Mazzio and narrated by Common, with executive producers Bill Hudson ’70, Grant Hill, Dwyane Wade, 9th Wonder, and others.

Presented by the Department of Athletics. Free and open to the public.

Funded by the Associate Head of School’s Office and Bill Hudson ’70

Kemper Auditorium

A conversation with Arshay Cooper

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. , Kemper Auditorium

The true story of America’s first all-Black high school rowing team

Growing up on Chicago’s West Side in the ’90s, Arshay Cooper (above, far right) knew the harder side of life. Cooper writes that the street corners were full of gangs, the hallways of his apartment complex were haunted by drug addicts. Cooper mostly kept to himself. Then one day he noticed a boat in the school lunchroom and a poster that read “Join the Crew Team.” Knowing nothing about the sport of crew, Cooper decided to take a chance. A Most Beautiful Thing tells the story of an unlikely band of brothers that forms a family and forever changes a sport—and their lives—for the better.

Cooper’s 2015 memoir inspired a powerful, award-winning documentary. Released in 2020 and recently shown on campus, A Most Beautiful Thing was written, directed, and produced by Mary Mazzio and narrated by Common, with executive producers Bill Hudson ’70, Grant Hill, Dwyane Wade, 9th Wonder, and others.

Presented by the Department of Athletics. Free and open to the public.

Funded by the Associate Head of School’s Office and Bill Hudson ’70

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