''100 Years IN 100 Days'' Brings Hoosier Hysteria History to Madison
February 25, 2010Indiana
Madison, Ind. -- Students at Madison High School will be able to view items of basketball history as the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) brings its "100 Years IN 100 Days" memorabilia exhibit to the school on Thursday, Feb. 25. The celebratory and educational exhibit, produced in collaboration with the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and sponsored by Converse, features a century worth of unique artifacts including championship trophies, rare photos, a basketball signed by John Wooden and a size-23 Converse All Star shoe. The displays will be available to students throughout the school day.
The memorabilia exhibit is part of a 100-day statewide campaign - "100 Years IN 100 Days" - to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the boys basketball state tournament. Unveiled at the Statehouse with Governor Mitch Daniels on Dec. 18, the exhibit made its first stop at Conseco Fieldhouse for the John Wooden Tradition Tournament the following day. During the 100-day tour, the traveling time capsule will visit high schools, John Deere stores and malls across the state, ending where it began at Conseco Fieldhouse March 27 for the 100th IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament.
"Many of the items in this exhibit are not on display at the Hall of Fame Museum and are being brought to the public for the first time," said Chris May, Executive Director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. "We believe this tour will stir up fond memories in the hearts of all Hoosier basketball fans, as well as educate our youth about the rich history and legacy of a century of Indiana basketball. "
Students, faculty and members of the community are encouraged to contribute to this rare centennial celebration by helping the IHSAA create the largest, most comprehensive online scrapbook of Indiana high school boys basketball. Fans, along with past and present players, coaches and sportswriters across the state, are being asked to submit their favorite memories, photos, videos, articles and game broadcasts to mymemory@100N100.net. Submissions will be posted on the 100 Years Celebration website, http://www.100yearsin100days.net/.
"Since Crawfordsville captured the first boy's state title in 1911, basketball has remained central to our core," said IHSAA Commissioner Blake Ress. "We felt it was important to mark this 100th anniversary in a special way and are proud to host the ‘100 Years IN 100 Days' Celebration with the help of our Hoosier Hysteria partners - Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and the Indiana Pacers."
"100 Years IN 100 Days" is presented by Converse, Comcast, Brighthouse, John Deere and iHigh, Inc.
In the case of school closing, the tour stop will also be cancelled. Information about the "100 Years IN 100 Days" tour, along with Indiana boys basketball news, decade-by-decade photos, celebration merchandise, historic video clips and partner links, can be found at http://www.100yearsin100days.net/.