A Saint in The City

Creator: Scott Glabb
Age rating: Everyone
The true story of a wrestling coach, while battling depression, teaches at a rough urban high school. His clientele, a group of behaviorally-challenged malcontents from crime-laden backgrounds, never seeing a reason to hope for anything until he came along.
Synopsis: Scott Glabb is not having a bad day; he’s having a bad life. He just left the psych ward because he was thinking of killing himself. Looking at his life, it’s not hard to see why. Because of his psychotic episode, disability checks were subsidizing the income he makes selling snow cones but now that he’s out of the hospital, the checks will stop coming and with winter on the horizon, his assets are about to be frozen. Glabb thinks there’s a fortune to be made in education, so he applies for a wrestling coach/teaching position at Santa Ana High School. Glabb gets the job! He had to, no one else applied.
The Santa Ana wrestling “program” is the worst in the state. These kids think the definition of wrestling is tackling each other until one guy gets too tired, and their coach thinks the definition of coaching is babysitting until the paycheck comes. Glabb’s dedication easily remedies the coaching problem, but Glabb finds out that the kids’ problems go a lot deeper than wrestling.
The all Hispanic school contains kids with typically Hispanic problems. Wannabe gangsta Ron Orellana steals cars to get to school and uses spray paint to decorate the school. He wrestles at Santa Ana because if he doesn’t, he’ll be wrestling in Juvee. Miguel Valencia has sixteen siblings and sleeps in the bathroom. He wrestles to create an identity that makes him more than a number. Special Ed kid Bubba will beat you up if he catches you breathing, using any of the five senses or having skin. He wrestles because the Principal forced him to in order to get out his aggression. Jose Leon has a broken bike, works as a gardener and deeply desires to be coached. He wrestles because he’s a natural and could be the best.
At first, Glabb tries to coach the kids the way he was coached but, after experiencing the real life challenges of the inner city, Glabb stops focusing on winning and starts focusing on reaching out to his wrestlers. By earning the right to be heard and walking where his wrestlers walk every day, Glabb gains his team’s trust as they buy into his program. This new program produces heart warming and deeply spiritual moments together as the Santa Ana Saints eventually grow into champions.

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