fall, the Storm hosted an event at the University of Washington
during which filmmaker Ward Serrill previewed a clip from
his documentary "The Heart of the Game." The film,
currently being edited and due for a Summer 2004 release,
follows the Roosevelt Roughriders girls' basketball team over
six years culminating in the 2004 Washington State Basketball
stated from the official
website dedicated to the film, "The Heart of the
Game is the story of girls breaking out of stereotypes and
finding their true power through basketball. In the old days
girls had to play by special rules to keep them in their place
— keep them ladylike and submissive. The Roosevelt Roughriders
of Seattle refuse to play by those rules."
short clip of the film we saw at the Storm event was enough
to make me a believer and supporter of the film. In just a
few minutes, it summed up for me not only why women's basketball
is real and not a niche sport, but also reinforced the reasons
why I'm a fan of women's basketball and strengthened my belief
that the future of women's basketball is going to be strong
fans of the Storm, we are the choir for Mr. Serrill's brand
of preaching. We know the truth - we already follow the professional,
international, collegiate and yes high school levels of women's
basketball. For those outside the choir, this film has the
potential to soundly answer and quiet those in the press and
in the sportsfan world who think the women's game is somehow
lesser than the men's, or worse, those who go out of their
way to insult and belittle the sport and the players.
who sees this documentary will come to know what we know.
I view this film the same way as I view a pair of courtside
tickets for a Storm game — there is no way that once
you've seen the game that up close and personal can you ever
say that it is not physical, demanding and ultimately as entertaining
as any other form of basketball. Furthermore, once you've
sat in those seats, or watched this film, if you're not a
fan then you can't call yourself a real sports fan.
film needs our support, both in spreading the word and helping
Ward Serrill get it edited and distributed — which means
monetary donations. As I understand it, he is nearing completion
and any donations will go directly to finishing the film.
The Storm are supporting the film, and Ward plans to submit
it to the Sundance Film Festival on its way to a national
few years ago, the documentary "Hoop Dreams" opened
up the world of men's high school basketball for the first
time. "The Heart of the Game" will do the same for
women's basketball and perhaps more. Go to the website, contribute
what you can, and let others know about this film. It could
be a huge step in legitimizing the sport we all love.