This special program examines the importance of the U.S. Women's National Basketball Team as they prepare for the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta. Hosted by Robin Roberts, this program tracks the development of the team from the initial tryouts to the scrimmages against the world's top competition. Included are interviews and comments from the players, coaches, and family members.

Topics discussed include the following, among others: the importance of this national team to the future of women's sports; the tedious tryouts for only eleven spots on the team; head coach Tara VanDerveer on the amount of input she has in the selection process; the way players are told whether or not they will be playing in the Olympics; the new popularity of women's basketball; player Rebecca Lobo on how her dream of winning a national championship in college began, the aura surrounding the Univ. of Connecticut women's basketball team during their undefeated 1995 season, and the acceptance she felt after the national championship; Lobo's mother, RuthAnn Lobo, on how Rebecca stayed grounded amidst all the success and handled the news of RuthAnn's breast cancer; assistant coach Nell Fortner on the players' competition level and the difficulty of fitting in with teammates who have played professionally overseas; the length of time of the training sessions; player Dawn Staley on how the Olympics provides a showcase for the women's game; player Sheryl Swoopes on whether she ever felt insulted about the lack of opportunity in the sport due to her gender; player Jennifer Azzi on playing overseas for crowds who know nothing about you; player Ruthie Bolton on the difficulty of playing so far away from home for so long; players Katrina McClain and Teresa Edwards on the overwhelming loneliness of playing in a foreign country; Edwards' mother, Mildred, on how she reacted when Teresa decided to take basketball seriously, and the fact that Teresa has met all of her goals, including playing on more Olympic teams then any other athlete; the players' feelings about returning to their alma maters for exhibition games; the reason they play scrimmages against a men's club team after the college exhibitions end; the fact the competition will be tougher once international teams are added to the scrimmage schedule; being invited to the NBA all-star weekend celebration; player Lisa Leslie on how much she enjoys marketing and promoting the team to show young women they can succeed in sports; Leslie's mother, Christine, on how proud she is of her daughter; the number of games they play against international competition before the Olympics begin; and former Harlem Globetrotter Lynette Woodard and former professional player Nancy Lieberman-Cline on what will happen with the players' careers once the Olympics are over. Includes commercials, promos, and a public service announcement. Commercials include Kim Alexis for Monistat 7 yeast infection medicine. This program is closed-captioned.


  • DATE: May 19, 1996 Sunday 5:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:57:35
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:43352
  • GENRE: Public affairs/Documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Basketball
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 1996
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Nike P.L.A.Y. foundation^TV - Commercials - JCPenney stores^TV - Commercials - Zostrix sports topical pain reliever^TV - Commercials - Evian bottled water^TV - Commercials - State Farm insurance^TV - Commercials - Citibank banks^TV - Commercials - Tylenol pain reliever^TV - Commercials - Nike athletic apparel^TV - Commercials - Monistat 7 yeast infection medicine^TV - Promos - "PBA Greater Baltimore Open"^TV - Promos - "JCPenney LPGA Skins Game"^TV - Promos - "NYPD Blue"^TV - Promos - "The Firm"^TV - Promos - "Scent of a Woman"^TV - Promos - "Roseanne"^TV - Promos - "Home Improvement"^TV - Promos - "America's Funniest Home Videos"^TV - PSA - Women's Sports Foundation


    • Jack OÕHara … Executive Producer
    • Emilie Deutsch … Coordinating Producer
    • Tiffany Trigg … Producer
    • Aimee Berg … Associate Producer
    • Josh Shelov … Segment Producer
    • Catherine Crisera … Researcher
    • Josie Peltz … Researcher
    • Scott Schreer … Theme Music by
    • Robin Roberts … Host
    • Jennifer Azzi
    • Ruthie Bolton
    • Mildred Edwards
    • Teresa Edwards
    • Nell Fortner
    • Christine Leslie
    • Lisa Leslie
    • Nancy Lieberman-Cline
    • Rebecca Lobo
    • RuthAnn Lobo
    • Katrina McClain
    • Dawn Staley
    • Sheryl Swoopes
    • Tara VanDerveer
    • Lynette Woodard