“The Best We’ve Got”

See “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story” on the big screen and bring it to your community!

Special Olympics Indiana has teamed up with award-winning Indiana filmmaker Ted Green to create a documentary about Indiana native Carl Erskine, who has been a pivotal figure in our history.

The result is “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story,” which highlights Carl’s life as an advocate of racial inclusion, hia storied baseball career and his important role in the Special Olympics movement.

Special Olympics Indiana will host screenings at major locations throughout the state, following the world premiere on Aug. 11 in Carl’s hometown of Anderson at the Paramount Theatre. The documentary is also being aired on PBS stations throughout Indiana. Check your local listings for dates and times.

Select a date and location from the list below for additional details about screenings in your area.


“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

Upcoming Documentary Screenings

Dec. 1 — Bloomington
  • Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater (get directions)
  • Tickets: Buy Tickets Here
Jan. 5, 2023 — Indianapolis
  • Time: Show time will be announced soon
  • Location: Gainbridge FIeldhouse (get directions)
  • Tickets: Tickets available soon

Bring “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story” 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
  • An electronic 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.