Taraji P. Henson’s newest big screen project is called From the Rough, and the Oscar nominated actress is excited to share the independent film with the world.
Based on the true story of Catana Starks, the first African-American woman to coach an all-male NCAA golf team, the movie is an inspirational tale about determination and dedication. Starks was charged with putting together Tennessee State University’s first men’s golf team. Besides her race and gender being seen as obstacles in the overwhelmingly white and male world of golf, Sparks also had the added hurdle of learning the game of golf.
Previously the swimming and diving coach at TSU, Starks had only played golf recreationally when she got the new job. She had to learn the game and learn how to coach it. Unable to lure African-American golfers from more elite and established golf programs, Starks took her search worldwide and cobbled together a racially and ethnically diverse team from all over the world. By the time Starks ended her coaching career, her men’s golf team became national champions with a record that still stands today. It’s a story that has all the makings of a classic Hollywood coach drama.
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