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WNBA Star and Olympian Ruthie Bolton to Speak Saturday at Sheldon

Ruthie Bolton, a former Sacramento Monarch, will give a motivational talk Saturday at an Elk Grove Unified School District school.

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A former professional basketball player and two-time Olympic gold medalist will speak this weekend at Sheldon High School.

Ruthie Bolton, a former Sacramento Monarch who played on the U.S. Olympic basketball teams in 1996 and 2000, will give a motivational talk sponsored by the Vintage Park Church of Christ. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sheldon High School's Performing Arts Center, and admission is free.

The speech will be geared toward students in grades four through 12, as well as adults, Senior Minister Charles Teddington said.

"We hope that kids walk away feeling, 'You know what, I can succeed at any level in life,' " Teddington said.

He said Bolton will speak about overcoming obstacles, like being one of 20 children or being repeatedly told she wasn't good enough.

Bolton will do a Q&A session and attendees will be able to take photos with her for a fee, which will be donated to Sheldon High School's athletic department. A portion of the proceeds from Golden Corral's food sales at the event will also go to Sheldon sports.

As of 2006, Bolton was living in Elk Grove, according to a piece she submitted to the Sacramento News & Review.

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