Former WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ruthie Bolton surprised the participants of the Golden State Warriors youth basketball camp on July 14 when she dropped by for a visit. Over 100 kids listened to her with their undivided attention as she told them about how working hard, embracing challenges and keeping a positive attitude are critical to achieving success. The attendees of the camp were all between the ages of 7 and 15 and took her advice very seriously, especially as she reminded them that it is important not to let fear get in the way of their dreams and becoming whatever they want to be. Bolton told the kids some of her own stories and obstacles that she faced to get where she is today, including having to convince her coach in college that she was worthy to play on the team.
The Mississippi-born Guard started out at Auburn University for four years where she was on the team with her older sister, Mae Ola Bolton. She fought really hard to get the spot on that team, but her efforts finally paid off when she was called to the United States national team in 1994 and competed in the World Championships in Sydney winning the bronze. Thereafter she went on to win two gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and another at the FIBA World Championships in 1998 in Berlin. From 1997-2004 Bolton played for the Sacramento Monarchs and after her retirement she stayed with the team to work in their front office specializing in public relations.
Bolton surprised a group of kids earlier this month by showing up at their youth basketball camp that was hosted by the Golden State Warriors, and they couldn’t have been more excited to get pumped up by a pro that is the definition of adversity.
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