It’s 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time … and she’s about to embark on an adventure for the ages.
Recently hired as the coach of tiny Immaculata College, Cathy’s challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams her Macs will face. There is no gymnasium, no fan support and no money. To top it off, Cathy may not even have enough players for a team!
While it appears the Macs don’t have a prayer, all hope is not lost. With the help of Sister Sunday—a spunky assistant coach—and the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Coach Rush creates a new game plan that just might bring the team—and the school—together.
Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? One thing’s for certain: there’s never been anyone like Cathy Rush at Immaculata!
In 1971 girls’ basketball was thought of as something that girls did in gym class, not as a competitive sport. It was thought of as only a boy’s game during this era. Girls or women were not viewed as being athletes. This is an inspiring story of one small all-girls Catholic college, on the verge of closing, which produces a winning basketball team. The odds are against them from the beginning but their new coach, Kathy, has a dream and a goal for the girls and also for herself.This is based on a true story and is about commitment and team work along with one woman’s dream. It is a dream that was carried on by these talented girls who had the courage to play the game of basketball as they struggled with personal problems and insecurities. This is truly a heartwarming story about one team that helped forge changes in the world of women’s sports. We award “The Mighty Macs” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.