ISU Students Sneak a Peek at Honoring a Legend

ISU Students Sneak a Peek at Honoring a Legend

Indiana State will unveil a statue honoring Larry Bird at the men's basketball home opener on November 9th. But ISU students made the trip to Indianapolis for the Pacer's home opener for a sneak preview of the statue.
Larry Bird is a name synonymous with Indiana State basketball. So much that his alma mater is honoring him with a $153,000 statue. But before it's unveiled in Terre Haute, the statue made a stop at Bird's current employer for the season opener of the Pacers.

"Well we are going tonight because it's Indiana State night. It's a very special night, but also because we do get that view of the statue that's there," said ISU student, Randa Wells. "It's not something that they're advertising every day so we're really excited that it's available to us."

Students from ISU's student section, the Forest, knew tonight was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and couldn't wait until ISU's home opener.

"This all came about as a collaboration with the president's office as well as our group, the Forest, which is part of our student government association," said Wells. "We've all been working really hard on this to get as many students there as possible."

The 15-foot, larger than life, bronze statue was created by Bill Wolfe. He thought beating Bird's former rival, Magic Johnson, was still important.

"I knew that Magic's statue at Michigan State was 12-feet tall, so I wanted to make sure that Larry's was taller so I made him 15 feet," said Wolfe.

The French Lick native lead his ISU team to it's first NCAA championship game where they lost to Michigan State. It's also where Bird's rivalry with Magic Johnson was sparked. After three years leading ISU basketball, Bird was drafted in the first round to the Boston Celtics. After retiring from the NBA as a player, he was head coach for the Indiana Pacers. He still works for the Pacers as head of basketball operations.

There will be a scholarship dinner on Friday, November 8 to benefit ISU athletes. His statue will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 9th before the men's basketball home opener against Ball State. Tip-off is 1 p.m.
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