MALVERN, Pa. (CBS) – The Immaculata University campus in Chester County is abuzz as the movie “The Mighty Macs” hits theaters nationwide tomorrow.
The movie, starring David Boreanaz and Ellen Burstyn, tells the story of legendary basketball coach Cathy Rush and Immaculata’s improbable run to the women’s national championship during the 1971-72 season.
The national attention has sparked a lot of interest on campus among students. Jimmesha Mack is a sophomore from West Chester.
“It definitely brings a sense of pride, I think, to the campus. It makes everyone excited. Definitely just brings a sense of closeness like a sense of unity to the campus.”
Many students, like Claudia May, a junior from New Jersey weren’t aware of the 40-year-old story before arriving at the school.
“Now to see that we’re on TV, we’re on commercials, we were on E, like E News, I was like what. Everybody is just like, ‘oh my gosh look’ and they’re like putting Facebook pictures and like different stuff up of our school and I’m just like wow.”
Production on the movie wrapped in 2008 but producers couldn’t find a distributor until recently. Some of the scenes are shot at the Chester County university.
Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060