President Obama will honor the 1963 Loyola University men’s basketball team Thursday afternoon at the White House to recognize its role in crossing a racial divide in sports.
50 years ago, the “Ramblers” won the national championship in the NCAA tournament.
On their road to victory, they played Mississippi State. Loyola started four black players in that game. Mississippi State was an all-white team.
Mississippi’s Governor was against playing teams that were integrated. The team got out of state before the governor could arrange an injunction. The match up was later dubbed “The Game of Change.”.