You Can Participate in Reunion Events of 1972 USA Olympic Basketball Team; Sixers Coach Doug Collins is Banquet Speaker!

Former GC All-American Kenny Davis, captain of the '72 USA Olympic Basketball squad, threw out the First Pitch at the July 3 Lexington Legends game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Another teammate will do the honors at the August 23 Legends game and the Olympians will be recognized on the field.

The buzz is building on perhaps the most exciting event Georgetown College has ever been involved in – the 40th Anniversary Reunion of the USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, Aug. 23-25.

(Perhaps you’ve seen the ads/commercials courtesy of our media partners, the Lexington Herald-Leader and WKYT-27. Did you witness former GC All-American Kenny Davis throwing out the First Pitch at a recent Lexington Legends game? And, here’s a nice hit on CBSSports.com you probably haven’t seen.)

We’re hosting this once-in-a-lifetime gathering of the star-crossed ’72 American Olympians because Davis was captain of the team that still hasn’t accepted the Gold Medal loss to the Russians – “the most controversial game ever played.” Esteemed sports columnist Billy Reed, the College’s Executive Scholar-in-Residence, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate on this historic occasion, which they have dubbed Courage in Munich.

The latest news: Davis – who had to announce to the world in ’72 that the American players would forever reject the silver medals – has persuaded Olympic teammate Doug Collins to be the keynote speaker at the August 25 banquet. That’s a Double Slam because:

ONE – Collins is big recent NEWS… as just recently he, as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, led his team into the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs, and

TWO – he’s big old NEWS…as the Olympian who hit what everyone thought were the winning free throws in that 1972 Gold Medal game, before time was inexplicably put back on the clock and the Russians given two more chances to win.

So, how can YOU be involved in this unique weekend? Many ways over the three days – including as a participant and/or sponsor in a golf scramble (9 of the 12 Olympians have committed to playing it so far, too!); four seminars that explore all aspects of that Olympiad, including the horrific slaughter of the Israeli contingent by Palestinian terrorists; and the reunion banquet.

NOTE that sponsors for any of the three days of events will get exposure at ALL 3 venues. And, any PROCEEDS from the reunion weekend will go toward scholarships in the College’s First Tee Scholars Program.

Breaking it down, then:

Thursday, Aug. 23 – an afternoon of golf at Lexington’s Marriott Griffin Gate, preceded by lunch and followed by a reception.

Participation is $1,000 per individual, but that includes two seats at the basketball reunion dinner, as well as chances to be in the Million Dollar Shoot-out and a Putting Contest (for a car!).

We’re still looking for sponsors for these two hole-in-one side events as well as a company to put their logo on the Caddy Bibs our First Tee Scholars will wear as they carry the golf bags. For sponsorship package information, contact Jim Durham @ 502-863-8174 or email jim_durham@georgetowncollege.edu

To register for the golf event, call Judy Rush @ 859-699-4837, or email her at jrush1114@gmail.com

Friday, August 24Four fascinating seminars dealing with various aspects of the historic ’72 Olympics (two morning, two afternoon) will be held at our Thomas & King Conference Center. Each will have a name moderator, plus a panel that includes a GC professor and three of the Olympic basketball players from that ’72 squad.

Saturday, August 25 – For a seat at this special tribute dinner for these courageous dozen Olympians it’s $125 a plate, or $1,000 for Table-for-10. To reserve your place, call Miranda Harvey @ 859-231-7711 ext. 241 or email her at mharvey@preston-osborne.com

Dinner attendees can expect to see many great names from the basketball world such as former UK Wildcat Larry Conley (emcee), New York Daily News sports columnist Dick “Hoops” Weiss and USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo.

And, Sponsor CEOs will each (individually) be in a Team Photo taken with the ’72 Olympic squad at a private reception prior to the dinner. Interested in becoming a sponsor (which means exposure for the entire three days of events)? Contact Harvey at mharvey@preston-osborne.com or jim_durham@georgetowncollege.edu



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