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Technical Tidbits 6/28: Enjoy A Movie At Bobby Dodd Tonight

“Dodd After Dark” series continues tonight with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

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If you still don’t have plans for tonight, why not consider a movie at Bobby Dodd Stadium. “Dodd After Dark” is part of the Flicks at Tech Summer Movie Series. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (PG) will be showing at 8 p.m. and, guess what, it’s free! And if you’re a season-ticket holder, there’s a special reserved section just for you.

The gates open at 7 p.m. and as a cherry on top, parking is free at Peters Parking Deck. So, if you park there, I guess it would make you a Peters Parker? (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist).

BTW...If you’re planning just to use the free parking and then enjoy the midtown nightlife, let me warn you, Tech’s parking police can be notorious (at least from my experience there). They’ll probably give you a ticket if you’re still parking there after the movie’s over. The movie is only 1 hour 57 minutes...Clubs aren’t even open yet. So, just go and watch the movie.

Bria Matthews is an impressive athlete. She holds several Georgia Tech records in track and field -- including records for the long jump and the triple jump. What makes her even more special, though, is her resilience and determination.

It was in her freshman season in 2016 that she set several of those records; but it proved to be a grueling season. The following year her right leg which is her natural jumping leg caused her significant pain. Enough that she had to be redshirted that season.

The following season it happened again. This time, the leg required surgery. For the 2019 season, she and her coach made a bold decision. With her right leg still hampering her ability to jump, she decided to learn how to jump off her left leg:

“I had to re-learn muscle-memory in my left leg,” -- Bria Matthews

What’s so impressive about this, is the fact that she not only was able to come back, but that she was also able to compete at as high a level as she had when jumping off her natural right leg. And she remains ambitious and driven:

“I want to go to the Olympics,” she said, “I think I can make it to the Olympics.” -- Bria Matthews

That’s the kind of attitude that separates great athletes from ordinary ones. Matthews is truly an inspiration.

Preview of what to expect from “Dodd After Dark”. Yay, you get to be on the field! I’ve heard that this movie can open you to a whole new perspective as a Tech fan. But only if you watch it at “Dodd After Dark”.