Ruth Lovelace Featured On Small Screen

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a story about a film depicting the career of Ruth Lovelace, the current head coach of the Boys & Girls basketball team ...

Below was a release sent to us by Crystal Howard of ESPN. It features one of the area's high profile head coaches in Ruth Lovelace, a woman who has worked hard to achieve quite a bit of success in the man's world of basketball.

Lovelace has always been terrific to the reporters here on this website, helping us out with information many times. We wish her success again this season.

Here is the release:

ESPN Inc.'s ESPN Films division will continue its ambitious production of high quality, sports-themed films in December 2008: A Woman Among Boys, a compelling film chronicling the experiences of Ruth Lovelace, the first female coach of the boys basketball team at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, New York. A Woman Among Boys will debut (Sunday, Dec. 21, at 9 p.m.) on ESPN2. By year end, ESPN and ESPN2 will have aired nine ESPN Films documentaries.

A Woman Among Boys, directed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill, is an inside look at a season led by the only woman coaching a boys' team in New York City's toughest basketball division and in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

The once highly accomplished and storied program had fallen on hard times before Ruth "Coach Love" Lovelace, who attended the high school and was teaching Phys Ed at the time, was named coach in 1994 at the age of 24.

She's faced unique challenges and has seen players on her teams work to overcome significant obstacles both on and off the court, and in the process has rebuilt Boys High into a powerhouse – with playoff appearances in every year of her tenure.

Coach Love said, "As a female you can command respect from young men. You can get them to play well and get more academically."

*Many of her players have gone on to compete in division one programs. Many players from the Boys & Girls program consistently play at events during the spring and summer either at IS8 or at the Rumble in the Bronx held on the campus of Fordham.

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