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  • Jack (left) and Derek (right) got to meet Anthony Ferraro after the movie screening was over.
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    Jack (left) and Derek (right) got to meet Anthony Ferraro after the movie screening was over.
  • Jack (left) and Derek Grossi both wrestle for the Pasadena Buccaneers but also play baseball and flag football.
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    Jack (left) and Derek Grossi both wrestle for the Pasadena Buccaneers but also play baseball and flag football.
  • At the end of the “A Shot in the Dark” screening, there was a Q&A with those who were involved in the film’s creation.
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    At the end of the “A Shot in the Dark” screening, there was a Q&A with those who were involved in the film’s creation.

Grossi Family Makes Connections With Wrestling

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Wrestling runs in the Grossi family.
 
When they heard about “A Shot in the Dark,” a documentary about a blind high school wrestler, they knew they had to make the trip to New York to see the screening.
 
“It just got us really motivated,” said Lara Grossi. She and her husband, Scott Grossi, took their two sons to the screening. “It was so inspiring because it’s a true story about this blind high school wrestler who really justifies all the odds,” Lara said. “The spirit behind this guy and this coach, it’s beautiful.”
 
Their sons, 10-year-old Jack and 8-year-old Derek, both wrestle for the Pasadena Buccaneers Wrestling Club where Scott is an assistant coach.
 
They learned about the screening from Marc Procaccini, who was Derek and Jack’s wrestling coach.
 
But the movie wasn’t just about wrestling.
 
“It’s good to see how people can overcome difficulties in their life, whether it be his eyesight or if a kid thinks he’s not tall enough or not strong enough or whatever ‘negativity’ the kid thinks he has,” Scott said. “Just because you have something that not everyone else has doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. It was good to show [our sons] that you can overcome anything.”
 
The message struck a particular chord with the family because Jack has a medical condition called phenylketonuria, commonly referred to as PKU. The condition requires a person to be on a strict diet and can have negative effects on the brain.
After the screening, there was a Q&A session where the Grossi family had the opportunity to meet Anthony Ferraro, the blind wrestler in the documentary. Ferraro told Jack and Derek to keep trying and doing their best.
 
Jack and Derek said they liked seeing the movie and meeting Ferraro. “He told us to never give up,” Derek said.
 
The documentary had many messages beyond wrestling that Lara and Scott said they wanted their sons to take away from it.
 
“We want to keep teaching our kids that you can’t be afraid to keep trying for what you want,” Lara said. “You can’t be afraid to lose, and you can’t be afraid of falling down. You just have to get back up.”
 
Scott added, “We wanted to show them that whether it’s sports or school or whatever you do, you have to put in the time and the effort. If you want something, you have to try harder than a lot of other people.”
 
Lara said it was one of the best days she’s had, even though she cried through the whole screening.
 
“It was just something that made me feel so good about the human spirit and what people are capable of with the right frame of mind and the right support,” Lara said.

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