“I’ve loved you since I was 11 and it just won’t go away.” These words are spoken to Q at the eleventh hour before his wedding. Monica finds the strength and courage to fight for her love and wins! Love and Basketball is one of those movies that resonates with me and I remember exactly where I was and how I felt watching this cinematic masterpiece for the first time. In the month of April in the year 2000 I was living in Charlotte, NC with my then fiance Doug. (We married later that year in June) I was a season ticket holder for the now defunct Charlotte Sting and I loved women’s basketball to the core. As a former collegiate player I was instantly drawn to this movie because of the basketball, but when they mentioned love I was sold. I decided nothing was going to stop me from seeing this movie, and when Doug declined my request to join me, I went alone. I hate going to movies alone, but I made an exception for this one. I was not disappointed.
15 years have passed since that fateful day and I have seen this movie a thousand times. I can’t help myself, whenever I see it on TV I have to watch it. It is right up there with “The Color Purple” as one of my all time favorite movies. When I realized the anniversary was upon us, I decided to host an event on my blog. This Saturday, June 20th I will have a Love and Basketball Extravaganza. I hope you will join me all day as there will be new posts hourly. On the half hour, I may have a surprise as well. I hope you stop by frequently for the celebration and please tell your friends.