NCAA Hall of Champions Celebrates Black History Month

NCAA Hall of Champions Celebrates Black History Month with Special Recognition of Former NCAA Student-Athlete Honorees and Documentary Films


The NCAA Hall of Champions will celebrate Black History Month with a special recognition of 22 former NCAA student-athlete award winners and mini documentary viewings during the month of February.  


Twenty-two former NCAA student-athletes who earned NCAA awards for their athletic, academic and community accomplishments were selected for the Black History Month recognition.   The 22 individuals were honored with a plaque that is displayed in the Hall of Champions that acknowledges the specific NCAA award of honor they received along with a summary of their accomplishments.   Honorees include Bill Cosby, Temple University (football/track/basketball); Wilma Rudolph, Tennessee State University (track); Robin Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana University (basketball); Althea Gibson, Florida A&M University (tennis, basketball, golf); Bob Lanier, Saint Bonaventure University (basketball), and Alan Page, University of Notre Dame (football).


In addition to the special plaques, the Hall of Champions will show three mini documentaries on weekends during Black History Month that center on college tradition, a historic championship and civil unity.   The three documentaries are:  War and Thunder, which focuses on what it takes to be part of the Jackson State University bandís drum line;  Game of Change, which focuses on the 1963 NCAA regional semifinal game between Loyola University (Illinois) and Mississippi State and the racial overtures, sacrifices and triumphs the student-athletes experienced; and Ripple of Hope, which focuses on the lives of U.S. senator Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and explores the passion for justice and personal courage.


The NCAA Hall of Champions is a two-level 30,000-square foot facility located in Indianapolisí White River State Park that celebrates the academic and athletic experiences of current and former NCAA student-athletes.   The Hall of Champions features interactive exhibits, relevant artifacts and memorabilia, as well as photos and video that center on the 23 NCAA sports and 88 championships.   There is also meeting and event space in the facility. 


The Hall of Champions is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.   Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, seniors and students.   For more information, go to www.ncaahallofchampions.orgor call 317/916-HALL.

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