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When plucky 11-year-old Jasmine Plummer becomes the Pop Warner League's first female quarterback, she raises eyebrows in her small Illinois town - until she takes her team to the brink of gridiron glory.
Her name is Jasmine ...
Her name is Jasmine Plummer, who has the distinction of being the only female quarterback in the history of the Pop Warner Pee Wee Football League, and she led the Harvey Colts to the semifinals of the football tournament in Florida.
All of that changes, however, when his sister-in-law Claire (Tasha Smith) takes on some longer shifts as a waitress and asks Curtis to watch her 11-year-old daughter, Jasmine
, after school until Claire gets home.
One afternoon Curtis and Jasmine
are at the park where Curtis is throwing the football with one of his friends.
When an errant pass lands near where Jasmine
is sitting and reading, Curtis asks her to throw the ball back to him.
nonchalantly leans over, picks up the football, and rifles a pass to Curtis.
And the reaction of the real Jasmine
found out that her
accomplishments were going to be the subject of a movie offers a real lesson in humility.In the film's production notes, the honor student who is now 15 years old and a member of the basketball, wrestling, and track teams expressed her
surprise when she
learned the news.
Cube and Palmer have a terrific chemistry in their numerous scenes together, and in the production notes, Cube explained that in addition to making history, Jasmine
gave the people of her hometown something to treasure.
gives the town something to care about."
The real Jasmine
aspires to play one day in the WNBA.After seeing this film, I wouldn't bet against her
.Not by a long shot!
This inspiring true story is based ...
This inspiring true story is based upon the life of Jasmine Plummer who became the first female football player in the Pop Warner League's 56-year history.
KeKe Palmer ("Akeelah and the Bee") gives a great performance as Jasmine Plummer
, as does Ice Cube who plays her uncle, a former high school football star who coaches Jasmine
on the fundamentals of the game ... and about having heart.
Bulldog freshman Jasmine ...
Bulldog freshman Jasmine Plummer seems poised for a breakout game.
...That's the word on Jasmine Plummer, Fresno State's lanky freshman guard and flare off the bench for the women's basketball team.
has more of a guy's game in her
The 18-year-old Plummer
has played, if not spectacularly, then at least like someone who was born into the Division I level.
Of Fresno State
's five first-year players, the former Natomas High standout has played the most consistently, showing at times flashes of brilliance.Tuesday's victory over Denver was a prime example of what she
does best: 12 points, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks.
During a 2-minute stretch at the game's outset, she
was all over the court.She
stole a pass and scored a layup.Blocked a shot at the other end.
"I can see each game Jasmine
coming into her
own," Johnson-Klein says.
As the Bulldogs head into the Western Athletic Conference season Saturday against Hawaii, Plummer
is averaging 7 points and 6.4 rebounds, with a team-leading 22 steals and 21 assists and eight blocks.
Any day now, it is whispered, she'll put it all together into that one terrific performance that could launch a career as one of the WAC's premier players.
"That's my goal," says Plummer
, a four-year starter at Natomas and the Sierra Foothill League MVP her
senior season."I don't want to be one of the best.I want to be the best."
First step is believing
The problem for Plummer
always has been a lack of confidence.
The daughter of a single parent, she
didn't meet her
dad until she
was 12 years old.Her
mother, Joanie Armstrong, often had to leave Jasmine
and older sister De-Shana with relatives while she
worked days for a medical insurance company.
Plummer's life was fractured, she
admits, but she
was loved.The same couldn't be said of her
high school basketball team.Constantly in turmoil.A different coach each year, ever-changing roles, no one to take her
by the shoulders and instruct, "You da girl.
felt overwhelmed at first.But once practices started, she
felt a sense of family, of belonging, that washed away her
fears and insecurities.
"I think I've handled myself well so far," Plummer
"I'm comfortable with my role," Plummer
is ready to start.
In late September, Plummer's
"best friend" died.But Louise Armstrong's words of encouragement will live in Plummer's heart forever.They have already served as inspiration.
"It was devastating.Grandma was my biggest supporter," says Plummer
, tears rolling down her
wipes the streaks from her
face and smiles.She
says just the thought of her
grandmother helps her
confidence grow.Deep down, Plummer
close to that breakout game.
"I won't sacrifice my ability to get others the ball and get the team going," she
"It's league time, and I expect myself to open up more and branch out," Plummer
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The Longshots centers on Jasmine ...
The Longshots centers on Jasmine Plummer (Keke Palmer), a smart, shy teenage girl who prefers reading to socializing with her middle-school classmates.
's mother, Claire (Tasha Smith), works long hours at the local diner, Jasmine is forced to spend time with her uncle, Curtis (Ice Cube), an unemployed ex-football player with dual drinking and hygiene problems.
and Curtis gradually warm to each other, Curtis discovers Jasmine's natural athletic talent.Seeing her
potential, Curtis convinces Jasmine
to train and try out for the Minden Browns
.Despite Coach Fisher's reticence and doubts, Jasmine
wins him over.She joins the Minden Browns as the back-up quarterback, but eventually wins the starting job and the support of her teammates.She
also becomes an inspiration for the hard-up Minden community.Together with Curtis, who unsurprisingly begins to pay more attention to personal hygiene, Jasmine leads the Minden Browns through several improbable wins, through the playoffs and, eventually, the Pop Warner Superbowl game in Miami, Florida.Jasmine
also has to deal with the return of her ne'er-do-well father, Roy (Malcolm Goodwin).