In Conversation with Arshay Cooper Tuesday, February 23 from 6:30-7:30pm sponsored by Acalanes Parents Club and Acalanes Student Body. With our first sports season kicking off this week, this is a great opportunity for teams to join the event together, bond and get inspired!
ARSHAY COOPER is a Rower, Benjamin Franklin award-winning author, the protagonist of the critical acclaim film “A Most Beautiful Thing,” A Golden Oar recipient for his contributions to the sport of rowing, motivational speaker, and activist, particularly around and issues of accessibility for low-income families. Arshay works with the George Pocock Foundation and A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund to bring rowing to under-resourced communities. If you haven’t reserved your spot for this can’t miss event, there’s still time! Due to high demand from our Dons, reservations have been extended into February in order to make this an exclusive Acalanes event.
The documentary…“A Most Beautiful Thing” is the story of the Manley High rowing team, a group of young Black men from the West Side of Chicago and coming from broken homes, who became unexpected best friends on the water. They were led by the charismatic Arshay Cooper, who really could carry a documentary of his own. Inspired by the new family he found on the team, he became an entrepreneur, a mentor, and a community leader. Clearly, there’s a lot going on in “A Most Beautiful Thing,” but the documentary succeeds by always keeping the focus on these young men and how this one team, one opportunity changed their trajectory and altered everything going forward.
Why is A Most Beautiful Thing must-see viewing? Because it is a message of hope when hope is needed most.
Dan Meade will be the evening’s adult moderator. Dan is the AHS Athletic Boosters Co-President, longtime Lafayette community volunteer-at-large, and just an all around great guy. He will join student panelists Ava Freeman, Franny Daughters, and Miles Burger. During their chat together, guest speaker Arshay Cooper will share about his life, trauma, experience as a rower, film career, and more. There will even be an opportunity for audience questions!
A Beautiful Thing is streaming now. Acalanes students will have access to a special film screening from Feb 19-21. ‘
THANK YOU ACALANES PARENTS CLUB AND ACALANES STUDENT BODY