When Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill met Bill Resler, a college lax professor who moonlights as a girls' basketball coach, he didn't realise that he was about to embark on an incredible seven-year journey. Serrill, camera in hand, followed Resler - who looks more like Santa Claus in Birkenstocks than a whistle-blowing high school coach - into the Roosevelt High School gym and soon discovered a group of girls whose unbridled toughness, passion and energy he came to call The Heart of the Game. Then one day, onto the Roughriders court and into the film walked Darnellia Russell - a tough, inner city girl whose off court struggles would eventually threaten to crash the star athlete's plans to play college ball and be the first person in her family to get a college education. At the centre of The Heart of the Game is Darnellia's unforgettable true story - the loss of her eligibility and her legal battle to get back on court to play the game that means everything to her. With Coach Resler, her team and her family standing by her side, she takes on enormous personal obstacles as well as the ruling body of high school sports in Washington State to triumph.
Darnellia Russell, Bill Resler, Devon Crosby Helms, Meghan Miller, Jade White, Lindsey Wilson, Michael Silva, Emily Watson, Hillary Seidel, Aaron Jack, Maria Mendoza, Keasha Beward, April Swafford