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A weekend of celebration

The 1963 champs return home and are welcomed by former Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley.

Fifty years after its historic achievement, Loyola University Chicago will pay tribute to the 1963 men’s basketball team, which won the NCAA Championship, with a weekend-long celebration on February 15 and 16. On March 23, 1963, the Ramblers stunned two-time defending champion Cincinnati, 60-58 in overtime, to win the national title, and to this day Loyola is the only school in the state of Illinois to have won the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

The celebration kicks off on Friday night, February 15, with a screening of the documentary, Game of Change, at 7 p.m. in Galvin Auditorium. Members of the 1963 championship team will be on hand for the screening, and will participate in a Q&A session following the film. All are welcome to attend.

Then, on Saturday, February 16, the current Loyola team will host city and Horizon League rival UIC at 1 p.m., in Gentile Arena. The 1963 champions will be honored throughout the game. Later that evening, a celebration dinner will be held at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (1431 W. Taylor St., Chicago) with cocktails to be served at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $100, include food, drinks, and a commemorative giveaway item, and can be purchased by calling 773.508.WOLF or visiting www.alumni.luc.edu/celebrationgala. The deadline to register is February 15.

Lastly, have you voted for the “Game of Change” as one of the all-time great moments in the history of the NCAA Tournament? If not, please do so today, and each day for the next month or so. As part of a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the tournament, fans can log on to www.ncaa.com/75-moments and vote the Ramblers’s historic meeting with Mississippi State as the greatest moment in the long and storied history of the tournament.

For more on the 1963 champs, including articles from that era, player profiles, etc., visit www.loyola63.com.

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