Though Millennials are often labeled as video game loving, entitled, or obese, 17 year-old, Olympic gold medalist Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields defies these categories.
Claressa surprised the boxing world in qualifying for the U.S. Olympic women’s boxing team. She later elated her fans and hometown of Flint, Michigan, becoming the only US boxer to win a gold medal in the London Olympics. Claressa also made history as the first and youngest woman to win boxing gold.
Shields’ story is an unlikely but captivating one. Thanks to directors Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari and nearly $65,000 raised via a campaign on crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, Claressa’s path to Olympic gold will be the subject of a new documentary.
The documentary’s description on Kickstarter conveys the uniqueness of Claressa’s story.
“She likes boys. She writes in her journal. Pretty everyday for a teenager. But this is hardly an everyday story. Six years ago her dad took her to a local boxing gym. She said she wanted to box. He said, ‘Hell no. Boxing is a man’s sport.’ She ignored him. Next month, women will box in the Olympics for the first time ever. Claressa will be the youngest among them. And that’s just where her story begins.”
This must see documentary is sure to uplift. Flint, a city caught in the decline and despair of America’s rust belt, and Millennials, a generation often discussed and little understood, need it.
Here is a link to a short preview of the documentary.
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