Meet La’Toya Taylor, a single mom who shares a love of football with her five young kids. Two of her sons, Geonnie Brodie and Jalanie Taylor, are players in the local Pop Warner football league, the Durham Eagles. La'Toya, who works as a certified nurse's assistant, struggles to pay the hundreds of dollars it takes for her sons to pursue football each season, but she does it anyway.

CONTESTED, a one-hour broadcast produced for NPR’s STATE OF THE RE:UNION, sets out to tell stories exploring the role of sports in the lives of regular people; in particular, young people. Sports often play a huge role in the aspirations of kids, and their parents, as they pursue the American Dream. CONTESTED suggests that sports mirror American society in ways both encouraging and troubling.

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Special thanks to La'Toya Taylor, Geonnie Brodie, Jalanie Taylor and Donald Thomas

Directed by John Biewen
Produced by Christopher Sims
Cinematography by Hannah Colton
Audio recording by John Biewen and Hannah Colton
Edited by Hannah Colton

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