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Alex Wallace
Cari Brooks
English 101
4 October 2011
Coach Carter Review
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” (Coach Carter. Dir. Thomas Carter. Paramount Pictures, 2005).

-Timo Cruz, Coach Carter

Timo Cruz’s quote “Our Deepest Fear”, from the movie Coach Carter, is used to answer Coach Ken Carter’s question, “What is your deepest fear?” This question is one that is repeatedly asked by Carter to the players on the Richmond High basketball team. The players in the movie do not know how to answer this question, nor do they even attempt to. Timo’s words, however, show a great sense of wisdom and reflect on the livelihood of the young men on the Richmond team.

Outside of basketball, the players on Coach Carter’s team live very belligerent lives. Timo Cruz, Junior Battle, and Worm are three guys on the team who do not seem to care about anything other than basketball. They insist on involving themselves in worldly things and as a result also pull the rest of the team down with them; henceforth, the team becomes only focused on one thing, winning. However, Carter has other plans for these boys. In Cruz’s quote we see this statement, “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Coach Carter’s plan is that his players would overcome their fear and become something great.

Timo Cruz is the starting guard for the Richmond Oilers. Throughout the movie we see Timo making decisions that can only...
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