Basketball Ireland has announced a new four-part ‘Her Time To Play’ documentary series which will be made available to schools and transition year students from international Women’s Day on March 8th.

The series will feature two-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time WNBA All-Star, Ruthie Bolton and is brought to life 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.

Bolton was born in 1967 and grew up one of 20 children in Mississippi. Throughout her life, she experienced a great deal of adversity, but her father always encouraged her and her siblings to reach for the stars.

She 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.

Bolton 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.

The topics discussed across the four episodes coincide with the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum that is currently in place in Irish schools.

Basketball Ireland is encouraging and calling on SPHE and Transition Year teachers to contact Jenny at jkelly@basketballireland.ie should they wish to be sent this series to use as a resource in their classes.

The 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.

“I have experienced a lot in my life to date, on a personal and professional level,” said Bolton. “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.”

“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,” added Kelly.

“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.”

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