Bird Honored With Statue at Indiana State

by Jeff Tzucker

Bird Honored With Statue at Indiana State Staff

November 9, 2013

Pacers President Larry Bird was honored Saturday by Indiana State University with a 15-foot tall bronze statue that will reside outside the Hulman Center. The Hulman Center is Indiana State's basketball arena and the statue was sculpted by Bill Wolfe, a local Terre Haute artist.

The dedication ceremony was attended by many former teammates of Bird's, including members of his 1979 NCAA national runner-up team and former Celtics teammates. The list of attendees included former teammate Bill Walton, his high school basketball coach Jim Jones, and Pacers executive Donnie Walsh. Pacers TV color analyst and VP of Communications, Quinn Buckner, who was also a teammate of Bird's on their 1983 NBA championship Celtics squad, was in attendance as well.

The statue honors Bird's lifetime achievements and the effort to get the statue made was driven by Indiana State students. The students organized fundraising efforts, created the Larry Legend Foundation, and started a scholarship in Bird's honor. At a Friday night dinner for the scholarship fund, the group raised nearly $400,000.

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Prior to the dedication ceremony, Bankers Life Fieldhouse held a special sneak preview of the statue during Opening Night on October 29. The statue was placed in the Entry Pavilion in front of the box office.

Along with his successes at Indiana State, Bird is the only person in NBA history to be named MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year. He returned to the Pacers as President this season after a one-year hiatus to recharge mentally and physically.

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