When eleven-year old Ping-Pong phenom Estee Ackerman had her championship match scheduled on the Sabbath, she faced a difficult choice: compete for a gold medal, or honor her faith.
Tournament after tournament, Estee kept winning.
She beat all sorts of players. Some were older than Estee. Some were younger.
She even beat tennis star Rafael Nadal!
She became one of the best Ping-Pong players in the United States.
Estee Ackerman loved Ping-Pong more than anything. But she also loved and honored the Jewish tradition of the Sabbath. At eleven, she began to rise in the ranks of tournament players, making it all the way to the finals of the US National Table Tennis Championships. She only had one player left to beat to win a gold medal-but the final match was set during Shabbat, and the judges said they couldn’t change it. How could Estee choose between her passion and her faith? This is the true story of a girl’s struggle between her love for her religion and her love of the game.