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Nine for IX: Swoopes Directed by Hannah Storm Premieres July 30

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood July 30, 2013 at 10:00AM

Sheryl Swoopes is one of the greatest women's basketball players to have ever graced the court. Those early seasons after she had her son and she was playing on the Houston Comets when nobody paid attention to women's basketball were amazing.
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Sheryl Swoopes

Sheryl Swoopes is one of the greatest women's basketball players to have ever graced the court.  Those early seasons after she had her son and she was playing on the Houston Comets when nobody paid attention to women's basketball were amazing.


Here's the description of the show:

Sheryl Swoopes has famously been labeled as the female Michael Jordan, but that's only part of the story.

On the court, she was nearly as dominant as Jordan, winning a national championship with Texas Tech, three Olympic gold medals, three MVP awards and four consecutive championships with the Houston Comets of the WNBA, the league she helped start. She even had a Nike shoe named after her, the Air Swoopes. Off the court, she has had a life full of transitions. She gave birth to her son, Jordan, during the inaugural season of the WNBA. Later, she divorced her high school sweetheart and became the highest-profile athlete in her sport to acknowledge she was gay.

She has struggled with love, money and personal identity, but has never lost her spirit. In this portrait, you will meet someone who is not your everyday superstar, a woman who has defied a multitude of labels.

The film premieres tonight at 8pm on ESPN.


This article is related to: Sports, Documentary, Women Directors