Michael J. Critelli executive produced the inspirational story From the Rough, about Dr. Catana Starks who became the first woman and first African American woman to coach a collegiate men’s golf team. Coach Starks led the Tennessee State University (An HBCU in Nashville, TN) golf team to an all-time record at the PGA National Collegiate Minority Championship.
The story chronicles Dr. Starks struggle to mold a group of students into golfers while overcoming the obstacles of coaching a team at a predominantly African American university that normally does not excel in the game of golf. She taught these students how to reach for new heights and excel in a sport while many believed they would not succeed. Historically Tennessee State University has excelled in football, basketball and track but never in the game of golf.
From the Rough stars academy award nominee, Taraji P. Henson in the lead role of Dr. Catana Starks and the supporting cast includes the late great academy award nominee, Michael Clarke Duncan and also Tom Felton and LeToya Luckett.
The story of Dr. Catana Stark is truly inspirational and is a must see. Executive producer, Michael J. Critelli hopes to have this film in a theater near you in 2014.
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