.- The Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are featured in the upcoming movie âThe Mighty Macs,â an inspirational true story about a small, womenâs college basketball team that defies all odds and achieves victory.
âWe gave the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary final approval of the script,â said director Tim Chambers.
âSo in many ways, they collaborated with us to tell a story that just had a values-based infrastructure.â
âThe Mighty Macsâ is based on the true story of the early 1970s womenâs basketball team at Immaculata College in Philadelphia. The small all-womenâs Catholic college seemed to have no hope at competing for a national championship. But led by coach Cathy Rush, the women on the team learned that they could overcome all obstacles and achieve their dream.
Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters run Immaculata College and are portrayed as major characters in the film.
âThe Mighty Macsâ won awards at several film festivals, including the International Family Film Festival and the John Paul II International Film Festival. It opens in theaters across America on Oct. 21.
âI think it was important for us to give kids today a choice,â said Chambers in an Oct. 14 media interview before the premiere of the movie.
He explained that he wanted to make an inspiring sports film for girls but wanted it to be a movie for all ages. The film was given a âGâ rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Chambers added that he tried ânot to be too preachyâ with the film because he thought people would not respond well if the movie came across as a âsermon of sorts.â
Instead, he explained that he focused on making a movie that was âfaith friendlyâ and âfamily friendly,â in which the message was portrayed by the charactersâ actions.
âFor me as a Catholic, Iâd rather people evaluate me on how I act rather than what I say,â he said.
Theresa Shank Grentz, an original member of the winning Mighty Macâs basketball team, said that the story of the Mighty Macs was overshadowed by Godâs guidance.
âThere was a lot of Divine Providence from the beginning,â she said.
Grentz said that the members of the Mighty Macs still maintain a close friendship. She attributes this to the fact that they built a âvirtuous friendshipâ during their days at Immaculata College.
âA virtuous friendship is built upon the cardinal virtues of prudence, temperance, justice and fortitude,â she said. âThat is going to last. And thatâs what happened here.â
âWe made each other better.â
She also spoke about the influence of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary during her college years.
âThey were a big part of our lives,â she said. âThey formed us.â
Sister Marian William Hoben, an Immaculate Heart of Mary sister, taught at Immaculata College for 44 years, including during the Mighty Macsâ glory days in the 1970s.
The 88-year-old sister praised the movie.
âI canât think of anybody that wouldnât gain something from it,â she said. âI think that is such a great movie.â