MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY—In 1972, tiny Immaculata College in suburban Philadelphia, made history by winning it's first of three straight natiional championships in college women's basketball. The all women catholic school's basketball team, with little money and poor facilities, defied the odds. The teams story is being told in a major motion picture, the "Mighty Macs", which opens nationally Friday night. The film premiered locally in Lancaster County at Penn Cinema, Manheim Towship.
One of the film's lead actors is 2006 Lancaster Catholic High School graduate, Katie Hayek. Hayek played basketball at Catholic High and the University of Miami. She was back home for the Thursday night sneak preview. The "Mighty Macs" is Hayek's first feature film role, after graduating with a degree in theater.
"Basketball is something that I love so much and I hold dearly close to my heart and then just to be able to tell this story and live vicariously through these women who accomplished so much was really awesome", Hayek explained.
The "Mighty Macs" set the stage for the surge of women's basketball to the national stage. The school is now Immaculata University and now has male as well as female students. Other stars in the film include Carla Gugino, as legendary Immaculata basketball coach Cathy Rush, Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn, and David Boreanaz.