The family of a Grace College freshman is featured in the Wheaton edition of the Chicago Tribune this week, as reported on the Grace College website. A portion of the article appears below. Click here for the complete story.
Basketball All in the Ruggles’ Family
The Ruggles family is making their mark on the basketball world. Dave and Holly Ruggles have founded Mercury Elite, a youth basketball program focused on providing participants with excellent coaching and opportunities for success. Their second-oldest child, Josh, is a freshman at Grace College and has set records that beat those of well-known players and garnered the attention of ESPN. Three younger siblings are equally skilled.
In 2012-13, their oldest son, Brandon, was the top rebounder in DuPage County for Wheaton Academy. Also in 2013, another son, Josh, made national and international headlines for his 3-point shooting prowess. He set a world record by hitting 135 3-pointers in five minutes – an accomplishment that made ESPN highlights and had him fielding interviews from all over the country. He also took part in an international 3-point shooting contest in Spain in 2013 and 2014, beating out world-class long-rage shooters such as Jaycee Carroll and former Bulls player Andres Nocioni.
And there are three more siblings ready to make their mark.
But the couple has an extended family in the form of the Mercury Elite and is making an even bigger impact. Dave Ruggles had been coaching a couple of Mercury Speed teams and in 2011-12 launched the Mercury Elite brand. Last season, it had 175 players and 19 teams.
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