The Carl Erskine Story Documentary

“The Best We’ve Got, The Carl Erskine Story” premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Anderson, Indiana on August 11, 2022.

The Arc of Indiana is proud of our connection to Carl Erskine through The Arc of Indiana Foundation’s Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI), named in honor of Carl and Steve Green and their families. Many know Carl for his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Steve Green, Bobby Knight’s first recruit at Indiana University, went on to enjoy a successful professional basketball career with the Indiana Pacers. While they were building their careers, Carl and his wife Betty, and Steve and his wife Lana, also worked to make a significant impact in the lives of people with disabilities, inspired by their children, Jimmy Erskine and Jessica Green, who were born with Down syndrome.

The documentary, produced by Ted Green, shares not only Carl’s storied baseball career, but also his seminal role in two of the great human-rights movements of the past century, first as a teammate and close friend of Jackie Robinson, then as a pioneer in the fight for people with special needs.

Through unpublished home movies dating to the 1930s, classic archival baseball footage and more than 40 interviews, including with Tim Shriver, Vin Scully, Bob Costas, Slick Leonard, Mitch Daniels and experts in the evolution of special-needs treatment, including The Arc of Indiana CEO Kim Dodson, filmmaker Ted Green captures Carl’s inspirational, beautifully American story for posterity.

The Paramount Theater Marquee; The Arc of Indiana staff - Alley Gary, Hannah Carlock, Kim Dodson, and Andy Kirby; the Paramount Theater
The Paramount Theater Marquee; The Arc of Indiana staff – Alley Gary, Hannah Carlock, Kim Dodson, and Andy Kirby; the Paramount Theater

Upcoming Screenings
Sept. 8 — Tilson Auditorium, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 7:15pm | Tickets TBA​

Sept. 29 — Eagles Theatre, Wabash, IN, 7pm | Tickets TBA

Oct. 13 — Muncie Civic Center, Muncie, IN, 7pm | Tickets TBA ​

Many more to come

Official Trailer

Donate to EGTI and receive Carl Erskine’s book, The Parallel, which reflects on his experiences playing with Jackie Robinson and raising a son with Down syndrome:

Erskine Personal Impact Curriculum (EPIC)

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 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. Register to receive your free EPIC Preview Packet.

Indy Star – Carl Erskine was Dodgers Great. His Fight for Human Rights was Greater

Indy Star – Carl Erskine Mural with Johnny Wilson Coming to Anderson

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