Basketball Ireland launch resource for SPHE and TY teachers
February 22, 2021
Basketball Ireland and the Jr. NBA Launch Four-Part Documentary Featuring Former WNBA Player Ruthie Bolton
Basketball Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of a four-part 'Her Time To Play' documentary series featuring two-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time WNBA All-Star, Ruthie Bolton. This series is brought to you in association with the Jr. NBA.
‘Her Time To Play’ is a Jr. NBA initiative that is dedicated to championing change on behalf of girls and women, providing them with ways to connect, collaborate, and actively engage with the game of basketball and one another.
Ruthie was born in 1967 and grew up one of 20 children in Mississippi. Throughout her life, Ruthie experienced a great deal of adversity, but her father always encouraged her and her siblings to reach for the stars. Ruthie played basketball in the shadow of her All-Star older sister, Mae Ola and worked hard to prove her talent. She eventually played for Auburn University in Alabama and little did she know it would lead to an unforgettable professional career and she would become one of the most accomplished female athletes in the world. Ruthie is now a motivational speaker, author, youth empowerment advocate and a leader who everyone, from all walks of life can learn from.
In this series, Basketball Ireland’s Women in Sport Lead and Community Relations Manager, Jenny Kelly, speaks to Ruthie about her life as a child, to where she is now and everything in between, discussing the below topics:
Episode 1 - Who am I (What it was like being one of 20 in her family, growing up in Mississippi, the importance of goal setting and self-esteem)
Episode 2 - Minding myself and others (How Ruthie minds herself daily, the importance of communication and leadership)
Episode 3 - My mental health (The importance of positive mental health, challenges and overcoming adversity and fear in life)
Episode 4 - Teamwork (The importance of teamwork and relationships in life)
The topics discussed in this interview coincide with the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum that is currently in place. Basketball Ireland is encouraging and calling on SPHE and Transition Year teachers to contact Jenny at email@example.com should they wish to be sent this series to use as a resource in their classes. This series will be sent to teachers free of charge and all schools that participate will be in with a chance to win basketballs for their school.
Speaking about the four-part documentary series, Ruthie said; “I have experienced a lot in my life to date, on a personal and professional level. I hope discussing my experiences and learnings can benefit young girls and boys all around the world and will motivate them to never give up on chasing their dreams.”
Basketball Ireland’s Women in Sport Lead and Community Relations Manager, Jenny, added; “This series gives us an insight into the life of a top athlete who never gave up reaching for the stars and worked tirelessly to achieve success. I’d like to thank Ruthie for taking the time out to share her story with us. I have no doubt that girls and boys across the country will learn from this documentary series. We talk a lot about role models in sport and Ruthie Bolton is most definitely one to look up to.”
Basketball Ireland (B.I.) is the national governing body for the sport on the island of Ireland. Basketball Ireland has over 200 clubs island-wide. Should you or any student in your class wish to sign up to a basketball club, visit the ‘Find a club’ section of the Basketball Ireland website by clicking here. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any other questions in relation to any programmes run by Basketball Ireland by contacting Jenny on firstname.lastname@example.org