“The Best We’ve Got”

Experience “The Carl Erskine Story” on the Big Screen!

Special Olympics Indiana has teamed up with award-winning Indiana filmmaker Ted Green to share the life story of Indiana icon and MLB great Carl Erskine, who has had an immeasurable impact on the Special Olympics movement.

“The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story” highlights Carl’s life as an advocate of acceptance and inclusion, his storied baseball career and his important role as a parent to a son with Down syndrome.

Since its debut in August 2022 in Carl’s hometown of Anderson, this inspiring film has been seen by tens of thousands of people in theaters across Indiana. View the calendar below to find upcoming screenings in your area, or fill out the interest form below to learn how you can host a screening of “The Best We’ve Got” in your community.

The film is also currently airing on PBS stations statewide. Check your local listings for dates and times. 



“Without the Carl Erskines of the world, we would never know the real power of sport.”

Tim Shriver, son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and chair of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors

“The Best We’ve Got” Screening Calendar

March 30: West Lafayette
  • Show Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Cordova Recreational Sports Center, 355 N. Martin Jischke Dr., West Lafayette
  • Tickets: $4
April 4: Shelbyville
  • Show Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: The Strand, 215 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville
  • Tickets: $5
April 6: New Albany
  • Show Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: The Grand, 138 E. Market St., New Albany
  • Tickets: $4.17
April 21: Bristol

Show Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Sugar Grove Church, 18275 Co. Rd. 102, Bristol
Tickets: TBA

April 27: Batesville

Show Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Gibson Theater, 107 N. Main St., Batesville
Tickets: $5

May 4: Salem
  • Show Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Salem High School auditorium, 700 N. Harrison St., Salem
  • Tickets: $5
June 4: Plymouth
  • Show Time: 2 p.m.
  • Location: The REES Theater, 100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth
  • Tickets: TBA
July 13: Pierceton
  • Show Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Christ’s Covenant Church, 2090 E. Pierceton St., Pierceton
  • Tickets: TBA

Bring “The Best We’ve Got” To Your Community

Help spread Carl Erskine’s message of friendship, inclusion, and servant leadership by hosting a screening of “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story.” This can be done at your organization, business, church, community center, college, theater or any gathering place. A screening provides an opportunity for community building, celebration, learning and discussion.

A Public Screening License (PSL) is required for out-of-home viewings of “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story.” By purchasing a PSL, you receive:

  • Rights for a one-time public screening of “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story”
  • A DVD or digital copy of the documentary
  • A digital marketing toolkit

To host a local screening, complete the following online form and payment at least 30 days before your preferred screening date. Once your screening date is approved, an invoice will be sent to you via email for completion.

To provide even greater impact for your audience, “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story” writer/producer Ted Green and our community engagement team are available to help facilitate Q&A sessions, discussions, and educational outreach at an additional cost. Please email smanner@soindiana.org if interested.

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