Jan. 19, 2013
Philadelphia, PA - The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) are celebrating 75 years of March Madness by commissioning one-of-a-kind paintings celebrating each of the national championship coaches who led their teams into history. A painting honoring Rollie Massimino, coach of the 1985 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship-winning Wildcats will be unveiled at the January 22nd game against Louisville.
The original piece of art, designed and painted by world-renowned artist Opie Otterstad, is part of a collection of 75 individual paintings, one for each of the 75 national championships from 1939 through 2013. The piece honoring Rollie Massimino will be unveiled at the Wells Fargo Center during halftime of the January 22nd game and will be auctioned off online starting January 22nd at www.ncaa.com/art. Limited edition reproductions will also be made available for purchase via the same website on the same date. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the NABC Foundation, which supports TTRR (Ticket to Reading Rewards), the College Basketball Experience (CBE), and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
"We're pleased to celebrate the crowning achievements of the coaches who have guided their teams to championships over the past 75 years," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "This collection of artwork will serve as a unique and permanent reminder of these coaches' accomplishments on the court and their incredible contributions to the game of basketball."
"Rollie Massimino is one of the greatest coaches and teachers in the history of college basketball," said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men's basketball. "The NCAA and Villanova are eternally grateful for his impact on the lives of the student-athletes he coached and thrilled to honor Rollie's place in the tradition of March Madness with this painting."
For complete information about the NCAA and programs celebrating 75 years of March Madness, visit www.ncaa.com/march-madness.
About NCAA March Madness March Madness is the one of the world's largest annual sporting events. Every March, 68 of the best college basketball teams and student athletes compete in a single-elimination tournament, all in a quest to be the Division I men's basketball champion. In its 75th year, March Madness is watched by millions of people from around the world. For more information, please visit: http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog Allen", the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.