Friday, October 21, 2011, Frankie and I get to the Citadel Mall IMAX theatre early to secure the back row and a giant, butter-filled, extra-large bucket of popcorn. Anticipation is high to see a movie on the big screen for the sport I love! Not only was the movie experience going to be exciting, but enhanced with a special treat. We attended with the family of one of the actresses in the movie and her teachers from Ashley Hall High School. The family had not seen the finished product! Margaret Anne Florence is #23, Rosemary Keenan in the movie. Her parents, Terry and Hope are friends.
Terry is battling lung cancer and had a heart attack the week before the premiere. Terry is a former member of the PGA and is our Director of Golf at Bulls Bay. As the movie started, Terry and Hope were all smiles! As the movie progressed and the anticipation of seeing #23 grew, Terry and Hope couldn’t stop smiling as the tears trickled down their faces! The theatre erupted in cheers when Margaret Anne appeared in her first scene. The scene was about the girls meeting Coach Rush for the first time for tryouts. It was a thrill to see anyone fulfill dream. Terry and Hope were as proud as any parent could be. It was inspiring watching their dream for their daughter play out on the big screen. It will be a moment that I will remember for a lifetime.
The movie’s theme is about teamwork, trust, togetherness and toughness. The struggles by those before us in the game were met with the same conviction and sturdy backbone that we see in today’s hard working players. Women’s basketball will always be under the label of “movement”. As we gain an additional slice of the American sports scene, we always should feel compelled to let the fans and the stakeholders in the game know much we appreciate them taking a stand and fighting for their movement.
Commitment, participating in a cause greater than yourself and trusting your teammates are still the cornerstones of successful, winning programs in women’s college basketball. The story of Immaculata’s basketball run in 1972, 73, 74 is inspiring and motivating. Coach Cathy Rush talks about believing and hoping and staying committed with her words and her actions in the movie. These are values I hear in today’s classrooms, churches and basketball courts. These are not new lessons yet it’s not old school either. Fundamentals and having a foundation and inner drive are how our game was built and how our game is played today. Go out and support the Mighty Macs movie! You and your team at home or your team in the workplace will be grateful for what our game is today!