Thursday, December 25, 2008
O God of Players: The Story of the Immaculata Mighty Macs (Religion and American Culture)
On religion and sports, here's a great story.
A small Catholic women's school outside Philadelphia made history by winning the first three women's national college basketball championships ever played. A true Cinderella team, this unlikely fifteenth-seeded squad triumphed against enormous odds and four powerhouse state teams to secure the championship title and capture the imaginations of fans and sportswriters across the country. But while they were making a significant contribution to legitimizing women's sports in America, the Mighty Macs were also challenging the traditional roles and obligations that circumscribed their Catholic schoolgirl lives.