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Posted on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 10:25 a.m.

Michigan football documentary screening Friday and more community sports news

By AnnArbor.com Staff

"In Brief" is a collection of announcements and upcoming events that appears in its entirety online and as space permits in our Thursday and Sunday print editions. To submit an item, email sports@annarbor.com.

A new documentary, "Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Game," will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor.

The screening is free and open to the public. The library is located at 1000 Beal Ave.

The documentary, created by Stunt3 Multimedia, tells the story of what happened in 1934 when Georgia Tech came to Ann Arbor to play Michigan.

According to a release about the film, the Wolverines' best player that year was an African-American from Detroit named Willis Ward. Georgia Tech said it would refuse to play the game unless Ward was benched. Michigan eventually did agree to bench Ward -- a decision that infuriated many of the Wolverines, including his best friend on the team, a tall lineman from Grand Rapids named Jerry Ford.

Director Brian Kruger said the plan for "Black and Blue" is to secure corporate or foundation funding to release the film to every high school in Michigan in time for Black History Month in February. Those interested can contact him at briankruger@stunt3.com.

See a trailer for the film here and a review of the film by mvictors.com.

SKYLINE MADNESS 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

The third annual Skyline Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament, for boys and girls currently in third through eighth grade, will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at the high school gymnasium. The tournament is limited to the first 32 teams paid and registered. There is an “Early Eagle Special” registration rate of $95 per team before Nov. 22. For more information, visit www.aaskylinebasketball.com or email coach Mike Lovelace at lovelace@aaps.k12.mi.us.

USA HOCKEY HOSTS FUNDRAISERS/EVENTS

The USA Hockey National Team Development Program based at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube has two special events this week:

Friday-Saturday - Food Drive: All fans that bring in a non-perishable food item to the 7 p.m. games get in for $1. All food collected will be donated to Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor.

Saturday - Skate with the Players: Fans who buy a ticket for the 7 p.m. game have the opportunity to skate with the players. Skates aren’t required to go onto the ice. Players will sign autographs and pose for pictures for 30 minutes after the game.

"In Brief" is a collection of announcements and upcoming events that appears in its entirety online and as space permits in our Thursday and Sunday print editions. To submit an item, email sports@annarbor.com.