Last week I was thrilled to read that Ruth Riley Hunter is part of the 2019 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Not only is she a phenomenal athlete, she is a global humanitarian, and a VERY nice person. Oh, and for you Miami Heat fans, Ruth is now a TV studio and radio analyst!
At first blush, Ruth is nothing short of intimidating. A hair under 6’ 5”, the veteran center is a powerful force. (I’m only 4’ 10”… you do the math.) She helped Notre Dame win the NCAA championship, and she has two WNBA championship rings. We certainly can’t forget that she also received a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games.
When I interviewed her a few years ago, she shared some powerful insight about life in the spotlight. “I think it would be very easy, if you didn’t have faith, to get caught up in success that’s only measured by wins, or by stats, or by points. I think my faith gives me something to go back to and really check in some ways as to what my priorities are. It gives me confidence, because I know I’m fulfilling a purpose that God has for me.”
Check out her Hall of Fame acceptance speech. If you don’t want to listen to her thank all of her coaches, etc., skip to the end and hear what really makes her tick.
Until next time,