espnW and ESPN Films’ Nine for IX series continues this coming Tuesday, July 30th. Swoopes, will debut Tuesday night. The film, which centers on women’s basketball star Sheryl Swoopes, was directed be ESPN’s own Hannah Storm. It follows Swoopes’ career from college athlete to coach at Loyola University. It also focuses on one of her most pivotal choices – the decision in 2005 to publicly come out as being gay.
Swoopes was considered to be as good as NBA legend Michael Jordan during her time on the hardwood. She won a national title at Texas Tech, three Olympic Gold medals, three MVP awards, and three consecutive WNBA Championships with the Houston Comets. She was also one of the pioneering players that helped to establish the WNBA. As if these accolades weren’t enough, She also had a Nike shoe named after her, the Air Swoopes. Her off-court life wasn’t as successful. After giving birth to her son, Gavin, during the WNBA’s first season, Swoopes would later divorce her high school sweetheart before coming out publicly in 2005.
Through all of her issues with relationships, finances, and her personality, Swoopes never gave up. Viewers will see in this profile of Swoopes, how she overcame it all. Swoopes will air Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm ET on ESPN. The schedule for the remaining four movies in the Nine for IX series is listed below.
August 6: The Diplomat
August 13: Runner
August 20: The 99ers
August 27: Branded
Each film will be available online the day after its broadcast via iTunes and Amazon. A special DVD gift set containing each film in the Nine for IX series will be available October 15th, 2013.
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