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Cutting Room

We Could Be King, a documentary airing on ESPN and in select theaters, tells a tale of the youth sports crisis in America—$3.5 billion cut from school athletics budgets from 2009 to '11—through the football programs of two rival Philadelphia schools, Germantown High and Martin Luther King High, forced to merge last fall due to budget cuts. Despite having been laid off, former Germantown math teacher Ed Dunn volunteers to coach the combined team and works miracles, leading a talented but divided squad to a 10--3 record. With the Philly district facing another $216 million deficit, sports are again on the chopping block, but MLK principal William Wade hopes that the film, funded by Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation's Sports Matter campaign, demonstrates the importance of athletics. "If we can get (students) in focusing on extracurriculars, we can sneak some chemistry in, biology and English too."