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Nevil Shed
Nevil Shed
(Photo by Mark McClendon)

AT&T, UTSA Athletics present 'Nevil Shed Night'

By Kyle Stephens
Interim Sports Information Director, UTSA Athletics

(Feb. 21, 2006)--On Thursday, Feb. 23, AT&T and the UTSA Athletic Department will sponsor "Nevil Shed Night" and a free showing of the Walt Disney movie "Glory Road" at the Convocation Center, UTSA 1604 Campus.

UTSA will host Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. in a Southland Conference men's basketball game. At halftime, Nevil Shed, UTSA coordinator of student programs at the university center, will be honored for his support of UTSA students and the role that he played in the integration of NCAA athletics. Immediately following the game, Walt Disney Productions will present a free showing of its hit movie "Glory Road."

Shed played a significant role on the 1966 Texas Western men's basketball team that won the NCAA Championship. Texas Western Coach Don Haskins made the decision to start an all-black team against an all-white team in the NCAA championship game -- a first in NCAA Finals history.

Few in the capacity crowd believed that this was happening against the highly favored Kentucky Wildcats. Shed sank the free throw that put the Miners ahead to stay. The game has been recognized as one of the NCAA's "25 Defining Moments."

"Glory Road" tells the story of victory in spite of racial obstacles. Shed went on to play in the NBA and served as an assistant coach at Texas Western -- now the University of Texas at El Paso. After leaving UTEP, Shed came to the University of Texas at San Antonio where he has been shaping young lives for more than 25 years as basketball coach, instructor and staff member.

"The focus was more on being an underdog, not on race. The impact came when you saw that some of the schools that were all-white began to recruit black athletes," Shed said. "And what was so good about it, is that there were so many qualified black athletes who should have been at these schools. If we played a role in opening the doors to allow African-Americans to attend any school of their choice, that is a great impact."

To reserve tickets for the UTSA-SFA men's basketball game and gain admission to the free showing of "Glory Road," call the UTSA ticket office at (210) 458-8872.

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