Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history and being thrust onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy, “Race” is a film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend. MPAA-rated “PG-13,” the movie will be released nationwide by Focus Features on Friday, Feb. 19.
“Race” is partially set during Owens’ time at Ohio State, with Jason Sudeikis portraying Owens’ real-life coach Larry Snyder. As his alma mater, Ohio State recognizes and continues to celebrate the legacy of Jesse Owens and his impact on the community and the world. Ohio State probably has more facilities and events named for him than any other university – including the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, where a statue of the man with his four Olympic medals greets athletes and spectators.
The Ohio State University, the collegiate home of legendary track and field star Jesse Owens, will host a red-carpet preview screening of “Race,” a new movie about the iconic athlete, on Monday, Feb. 15. Actor Stephan James, who stars as Owens in the film, and two of Owens’ daughters – Marlene Owens Rankin and Gloria Owens Hemphill – will participate in daylong activities celebrating the gold medal champion.
In addition, many artifacts from the university’s Jesse Owens Collection will be on display in the Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Mall. The collection includes papers, photographs and artifacts that pertain to Owens’ athletic career, his business interests, his philanthropic activities, and his personal life. Ohio State President Michael V. Drake said the event is important to the university, stating “It is fitting that we would host this screening at Jesse’s alma mater, where he still holds the record for the outdoor 100-meter dash and is one of Ohio’s most accomplished athletes.