Local News

Obama to honor 1963 Loyola basketball team

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.”.

VIEW & ADD COMMENTS

2 Comments to “Obama to honor 1963 Loyola basketball team”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Advertisement

Advertisement