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NCAA celebrates MLK Day, 'Game of Change'

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 18:30:20-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's been nearly 48 years since his assassination, and 30 years since the country first marked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On Monday in Indianapolis, there were no shortage of events celebrating his life and dream.

At the NCAA Hall of Champions it was a special day as well – one meant not just to pay tribute to student athletes past, present and future, but also to Dr. King and the role sports has played in moving race relations forward in this country.

"Sports has had many of those moments where it's bridged those gaps," said Hall of Champions Assistant Director Kelly Dodds.

The Hall of Champions played a documentary in honor of the occasion called "Game of Change," about the Mississippi State Men's Basketball team in 1963, and how the players and coach essentially snuck out to play Loyola-Chicago, which featured four black starters.

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