The Mighty Macs, released February 21 by Sony Pictures, is an inspiring true story about the woman hired to coach a woman’s basketball team at a small, Catholic college in 1971. About the movie…
It’s 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time … and she’s about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women’s basketball.
In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women’s Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College.
Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she’s willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals—or perhaps she’s just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them.
From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymnasium on campus, she receives little support from the school’s Mother Superior, and the school is in dire financial straits. To top it off, she may not even have enough players to field 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!
We really enjoyed this movie a lot. Probably even more than we expected to, if I’m being honest! My husband and I are big sports fans but I’ve never really gotten interested in women’s basketball. This movie, although based on the basketball team, is about so much more than sports. It’s about the way women were expected to act in 1971. It’s about how you should do your best & reach for the stars no matter what. A line in the movie that I absolutely love is when Coach Cathy says to one of her players to ““Have the courage to follow your dream, that’s your gift to the world.”
I can’t recommend this movie highly enough! Your entire family will love it and, which seems to be unusual these days, it is completely safe for everyone. Rent or buy The Mighty Macs today then visit their Facebook and Twitter pages to stay updated. But first, be sure to enter to win your own copy from A Life Full of Laughter! Good luck!
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