Fort Worth Convention and visitors Bureau Blog

Ask residents of Fort Worth about Viola Pitts and you will likely hear about her tireless efforts to use voting to effect change. Ask people in west Fort Worth’s former resort community of Como who she was, and you will hear a more nuanced and personal description for the passionate activist known affectionately as “the unofficial mayor” of Como. 
This guide to “12 Mighty Orphans” filming locations is written by one of the film’s producers, guest blogger Anne Fleitas.  Fans of the film can enjoy touring the real-life locations in Fort Worth at their leisure.   This sports film, starring Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall, tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes--or even a football--to playing for the Texas State Championships. We always knew we wanted to shoot in Fort Worth, where the true story took place. Creating an authentic portrayal of Depression-era Fort Worth was no easy task, but with help from the Fort Worth Film Commission, we had access to some truly amazing and historical locations, which ultimately set the scene for the story director Ty Roberts wanted to tell.
Chris and Trait Zaldain recently explored Fort Worth in advance of the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoor Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk Gear. The fun will begin in Fort Worth Wednesday, June 10, with the Classic Kick Off Party in the Fort Worth Stockyards, and continue through Sunday, June 13. 
Fort Worth will host the country’s top bass fishing competition next month. Top anglers will contest the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk on Lake Ray Roberts just north of Denton, with weigh-ins and other festivities taking place in Fort Worth at Dickies Arena and Will Rogers Memorial Center.