The Virtual REEL Recovery Film Festival and In The Rooms present the Movie of the Month for August: Coach Jake.
Martin Jacobsen, better known as Coach Jake, is the winningest high school soccer coach in New York City history. In his time at Martin Luther King, Jr. high school (once dubbed “Horror High” by the NY Times) he has given hundreds of immigrants, some of them homeless or parentless, an opportunity to gain some direction in the classroom as well as on the field that can be taken out into the world. Jacobson knows first hand how important early exposure to sports can be.
“I got into some petty trouble as a child. The police picked me up and took me to the local recreation center. I fell in love with the sport (soccer) the first time I played it. I learned to play soccer as a form of therapy.”
Released in 2017, the film documents a year in the life of Jacobson and his team as he battles liver failure and the team strives to win another championship. In 1994 he was diagnosed with hepatitis C a result of his past heroin addiction. He is open about his past and uses his experience to share hope and recovery. The film follows him on and off the field, to doctor’s appointments, with players on the team and in intimate conversation with his wife.
“I ‘told all’ so others could learn that we can recover, we can do good, and that we all learn from our mistakes. There is always hope! We are on this earth for two reasons: To learn life’s lessons and to help others.”
Coach Jake premiered in Los Angeles three-years ago at the 9th Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival. A festival favorite we had an encore presentation last year at the New York edition of the REEL Recovery Film Festival where Jacobson and director, Ian Phillips were in attendance. He has also been profiled on the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin.
Join us on In The Rooms for Saturday Night at the Movies!
If you’re already an In The Rooms member, just enter the “movie theatre” in the meeting clubhouse. If you’re not yet a member, signing up is easy. Simply create a free member account to view the film, and access all of our online recovery meetings.