Day 20: Athletics Exhibit Opens

By on December 12, 2013

(Courtesy of UTEP Athletics. Players from the 1966 Texas Western College Men’s Basketball Team relax in their locker room after their historic NCAA Championship win against Kentucky. UTEP remains the only Texas school to win a NCAA basketball championship.)

(Courtesy of UTEP Athletics. Players from the 1966 Texas Western College Men’s Basketball Team relax in their locker room after their historic NCAA Championship win against Kentucky. UTEP remains the only Texas school to win a NCAA basketball championship.)

Today is Day 20 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial Year.

UTEP Athletics is perhaps best known for the 1966 NCAA Championship Basketball game that made history for not just the university, but for the civil rights movement.

However, UTEP’s athletics history goes far beyond that historic game.  In the past hundred years, UTEP has earned more than 100 national track & field and cross country national championships, and has produced more than 100 Olympic athletes.

The Centennial Museum and Welcome Center, which is the official visitors’ center for UTEP’s Centennial Celebration, will host an exhibit spotlighting UTEP Athletics.

A section of the exhibit called “Gone but Not Forgotten” will highlight the sports that once existed at UTEP but have since been discontinued.

A special basketball section will pay homage to the late coach Don Haskins and the 1966 championship team.

Other informative sections include “The Science of Sports” and “A Day in the Life of a UTEP Athlete,” which demonstrates how hard these students have to work to be accomplished students and athletes.

One other section is called “Miner Legends,” and it spotlights standout athletes of UTEP’s past 100 years.

The exhibit also presents memorabilia on loan from the Heritage House and by some UTEP alumni.

The exhibit “Miner Strong: A Century of Sports at UTEP” opens today with a public reception at 5 p.m. and runs through March 18th at the Centennial Museum and Welcome Center.

Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.