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Real-life inspiration for film “Glory Road” to speak at TWU Black History lecture


DENTON – Nevil Shed, a member of the basketball team featured in the Disney film “Glory Road,” will speak at the Texas Woman’s University’s Black History Lecture “Up close and Personal” on Wednesday, Feb. 8 on TWU’s Denton campus.

The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in room 207 of TWU’s Student Union located at the corner of Administration Drive and Bell Avenue in Denton. The event is being presented by TWU’s Office of Intercultural Services as part of the university’s Black History Month celebrations and is open to the public. For more information, visit www.twu.edu/o-sl/intercultural/ or call 940-898-3679.

Shed was a member of the Texas Western University (now the University of Texas at El Paso) 1966 NCAA Championship basketball team featured in the recently released Disney film “Glory Road.” Shed, along with his teammates, was honored with the Associated Black Charities prestigious Black History Maker Award on February 2, 2005. The team, led by then-coach Don Haskins, triumphed over the University of Kentucky with a 72-65 win in an event often referred to as "the game that changed American sports." This was the first time in a “national championship event, an all-black team opposed an all-white team for a victory that ended segregation in intercollegiate sports.” (http://www.associatedblackcharities.org)

Shed is a former member of the Boston Celtics and served as assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Shed now works as the coordinator of student activities at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He also coaches the San Antonio Spurs youth summer training camp.

The Office of Intercultural Services is dedicated to providing the university community with educational programs and services that promote an understanding of and appreciation for cultural diversity and human dignity in order to support and respond to the needs of underrepresented populations.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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