News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 24, 2013

Larry Bird in Terre Haute Nov. 8-9 for statue dedication

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Basketball legend Larry Bird will be in Terre Haute on Nov. 8 and 9 for the dedication of a statue in his honor, to be located on the south side of Hulman Center on the Indiana State University campus.

The Larry Bird Statue dedication will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, outside Hulman Center prior to the 1 p.m. ISU basketball game against Ball State. Bird played for ISU 1976-1979.

In 1979, the Sycamores reached the NCAA finals, losing their only game of the season to Michigan State, 75-64, in Salt Lake City.

Bird was the National Player of the Year that season. He was a first-round draft pick by the Boston Celtics after his junior season, but he chose to return to ISU for his senior year.

The Sycamores finished 33-1 in 1978-79. Bird wore No. 33 at ISU, which the university has since retired.

The statue has been crafted by Vigo County sculptor Bill Wolfe, who has promoted the idea for many years.

On Nov. 8, Bird will attend the Larry Bird Scholarship Dinner at Hulman Center. The highlight of the evening will be a moderated discussion with Bird in which he will reminisce about the 1979 season with the Sycamores and his years with the Celtics and Pacers NBA organizations.

ISU president Dan Bradley is announcing the news in a message to ISU alumni and boosters.