Whoever thinks that basketball is only about winning has never met Coach Rob Nugent and his Shoremen.
In the spring of 2012, Gettysburg College and Washington College were playing in the Bullets’ last home game when Coach Nugent saw an opportunity to give Gettysburg senior Cory Weissman a last shot at scoring. What made the story special was the journey that had taken Weissman to that point: He suffered a catastrophic stroke as a freshman, and although he had worked hard to recover and had practiced with the team, he had not played in a single game until this one.
Still recovering from the paralysis that struck his left side, Weissman had stepped onto the court for a token moment at the very start of the game, then went back to the bench at the first stoppage. At game’s end, with the Bullets leading by 18 points in the final minute of play, Gettysburg coach George Petrie put Weissman back into the game, and Coach Nugent seized the opportunity to make something good out of his team’s loss. With just seconds left in the game, he called a timeout and instructed his players to foul Weissman on Gettysburg’s ensuing inbounds play, giving him a chance to score at the foul line. Corey’s first shot faded left, but he nailed his second free throw. The jubilant crowd went wild.
This remarkable moment affected not only everyone in the gymnasium that day, but everyone who heard the story as it was covered by dozens of national media outlets including ESPN, NPR, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. This story will now be told on the big screen.
1,000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story is produced by former Disney executive Bruce Gordon and Bob Burris (Growing Pains), who also wrote the script, and will be directed by Michael Levine (Nowhere Man). The film is a production of Gettysburg Great Productions, LLC, a subsidiary of Gettysburg College.
The film has signed Wizards of Waverly Place star Davis Henrie, Beau Bridges and Jean Louisa Kelly for lead roles. Six-time Grammy® winner Arturo Sandoval will compose the score for the film. WC basketball coach Rob Nugent will play himself in the movie version of this inspiring event.