Nov. 30, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago will host a screening of Game of Change on December 14, at 7 p.m., in Galvin Auditorium in the Sullivan Center (6339 N. Sheridan Road) on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. Game of Change is a documentary about the Loyola men's basketball team's NCAA Regional contest versus Mississippi State University, which was played on March 15, 1963, in East Lansing, Mich.
The film chronicles the game between Loyola and Mississippi State, which forever changed college basketball and civil rights. Head coach George Ireland started four African-Americans and his Rambler team faced discrimination and racism during its national championship run in 1963. A win over Tennessee Tech in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament set Loyola up for a scheduled showdown with Mississippi State in the regional semifinals.
However, the all-white MSU squad was frequently denied participation in the postseason due to an unwritten Mississippi law that prohibited competition against integrated teams. Despite facing the prospect of losing their jobs, Mississippi State's head coach and president challenged the system and allowed the team to face Loyola.
Following the screening of the film, a question-and-answer session with members of both Loyola's and Mississippi State's team will be held.
Admission to the screening of Game of Change is $10. To register, please visit alumni.luc.edu/site/Calendar. Loyola Athletics donors at the $1,000 level or higher on an annual basis receive two complimentary tickets for the screening and should RSVP by contacting the Rambler Varsity Club at (773) 508-3321.
For more information, please contact (773) 508-WOLF.