Amherst LEADS

A comprehensive and educational leadership development program for Amherst student-athletes.

Ruthie Bolton - Former WNBA & U.S. Basketball Team Member, Olympic Gold Medalist

Ruthie Bolton - Former WNBA & U.S. Basketball Team Member, Olympic Gold Medalist

Ruthie Bolton is a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, a USA Basketball Female of the Year, the Sports Illustrated Best Woman Athlete by home state, and one of only 4 players to be named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

In college, Ruthie played for Auburn University and still holds records there. She was also the first Lady Tiger to have her number retired. In her 4 years at Auburn, Ruthie led her team to a combined record of 119-13, including three Southeastern Conference championships, four NCAA tournaments and two NCAA runner-up finishes.

Bolton won Gold medals in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. In the WNBA while playing for the Sacramento Monarchs, she scored over 2000 career points and is 4th on the WNBA’s all-time 3-pointer list. Once again, she is the only player in the history of the Monarchs to have her number retired.

Ruthie’s off-the-court accomplishments include being a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, the first National Spokeswoman for the WNBA’s “Play Fit/ Stay Fit” youth development program, and the release of her first Gospel CD single “Making a Way”. She currently serves as a motivational speaker.