Alternate Titles: Going Out a Champion
Going Out a Champion, the Coach Joe Ellis Story
For years, Coach Joe Ellis dreamed of winning the Virginia State High School Basketball Championship. His dream came true in 2005, when his Surry County, Boys, High School Basketball Team won the State Championship for the first time. It happened before a crowd of 8,000 sports fans without a dry eye in the building, but victory was short lived when Coach Joe Ellis dies of Colon Cancer, 8 weeks later. His amazing courage to win the State Championship while battling a terminal illness, years later, has inspired the making of the movie, Going Out a Champion, the Coach Joes Ellis Story, based on a true story novel written by Doris M. Ellis, starring Wendell Kinney. Going Out a Champion, the Coach Joe Ellis story is a multi racial, action packed, romantic, emotionally gripping, sports film, about a well loved high school basketball coach who faithfully believes his team could win the Virginia, High School Basketball, State Championship. A Cathy Irby Durant film.