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      Flint reporter aims to inspire youth through film

      Sales of "Flint Made Me" will go toward a scholarship Woodyard created for high school students.

      Eric Woodyardâ??s film is roughly thirty minutes of proof, he says, young people in Flint can succeed.

      The award-winning sports journalist is hoping to inspire a new generation of Flint men and women with his personal story in his video, â??Flint Made Me,â?? which Woodyard says is about beating the odds. The Flint Journal reporter debuted the film Thursday evening in front of a packed audience at the The Flint Journal office. The documentary shows how Woodyard fulfilled his dreams attending Flint schools, graduating from college and eventually pursuing journalism.

      In the film, Woodyard interviews the people who helped him throughout his youth and college years. He also talks to friends and neighbors who played a role in who the 25-year-old is today.

      "There are no excuses no matter where you are,â?? Woodyard said. â??You can be successful in any situation. This is the most dangerous, most violent city in the nation they say, and look how many great people we've produced from here,â?? he added.

      Proceeds from sales of the film will go toward a scholarship fund Woodyard started for Flint Southwestern Academy students.