(from facebook post) My sister Lisa and I (both #WABNadvisors), encourage everyone to tune in to a new film we produced/directed for ESPN called “Mighty Ruthie”. To those of you who aren’t familiar with Ruthie Bolton, she is one of the greatest American basketball players in history. However at every stage of her basketball career she was met with criticism and doubt. “You can’t” was a phrase Ruthie heard all her life – you can’t start at Auburn, you can’t make the US National team, you can’t play anymore after your injury. Not only did Ruthie prove the naysayers wrong, but her unshakable perseverance propelled her to three SEC championships and two NCAA championship appearances while at Auburn University; becoming a WNBA All-Star with the Sacramento Monarchs; two Olympic gold medals; and an induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
It was the same tenacity and unbreakable will that kept her fighting for a marriage that nearly ended it all. Unbeknownst to many, at the height of Ruthie’s Olympic career she narrowly escaped death at the hands of her own husband. Despite suffering for many years and fighting the most difficult challenge she has ever had to face, Ruthie prevailed, leaving her husband after eleven harrowing years of mental and physical abuse. She courageously opened up about her experience at the espnW Summit in 2014, and is now dedicated to sharing her message with other women and to achieving a higher purpose: inspiring others.
Ruthie is the picture of resilience and determination who exemplifies the incredible qualities that give elite female athletes the potential to become our next generation of leaders. We hope you will tune in to experience her incredible, courageous story.
Please also share with anyone who you think will benefit from Ruthie’s story. #MightyRuthie