Exhibit Opening Day! “Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports”

Apr 21, 2018

LBJ Library Block Party – Join Us!
Opening Day of Exhibition Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports

Saturday, April 21
FREE All Day
10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Festivities on the LBJ plaza and lawn
9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Exhibition on view inside the library
RSVP Requested
(Not required, but all those that RSVP will be entered to win a private tour of the library and lunch for two at The Driskill Hotel's 1886 Café & Bakery!)

Giveaways: Take-home souvenir basketball and soccer balls for children and youth 16 and under (while supplies last)

Food Trucks: Casey's New Orleans Snowballs, Lucky Lab Coffee Company, Melted, PitaLicious, and Ranch Hand

Music: Chulita Vinyl Club

SPORTS ACTIVITIES:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Coach Mo’s Elite Fitness will lead sports agility games on the LBJ lawn. Canceled due to rain

10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Play pickup soccer games on the LBJ lawn. Canceled due to rain

11 a.m.-12 noon - Youth Basketball Clinic hosted by the Austin Spurs on the LBJ plaza. Participants must sign up in advance. Spaces are on a first come, first served basis. Parents, we recommend signing up your child as soon as you arrive.

1-2 p.m. - Youth Basketball Clinic hosted by the Austin Spurs on the LBJ plaza. Participants must sign up in advance. Spaces are on a first come, first served basis. Parents, we recommend signing up your child as soon as you arrive.

1-3 p.m. - Camp Gladiator will lead sports agility games on the LBJ lawn.

The basketball court will also be open outside of these clinic times for open games. Our custom-built court is by Sport Court of Austin.

SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Snupe Daniel of 95.9 RnB, live remote from the block party

12 noon-1 p.m. - Autograph signing with Nevil Shed in the Great Hall of the LBJ Library.

Shed was a member of the historic 1965-66 Texas Western Miners (now known as The University of Texas at El Paso) basketball team. The Miners were the first team with an all-African American starting lineup to win an NCAA basketball national championship. Shed currently works for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

1:30-2 p.m. - Meet The Coyote
Photographs encouraged. No autographs will be permitted. Note: The Coyote's appearance is subject to game availability.

2-2:30 p.m. - Meet Da Bull of the Austin Spurs
Photographs encouraged. No autographs will be permitted.

About the Exhibition
Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the United States. The exhibition celebrates athletes who have broken barriers and spoken out for equality, both on and off the playing field. Beginning in the late 19th century and continuing through current day, Get in the Game encourages visitors to think about sports as part of an ongoing national conversation and as a vehicle for social change.

The exhibition will be on view April 21, 2018 through January 13, 2019.

Share your exhibition thoughts with us by using the hashtag #LBJGetInTheGame.

Exhibition highlights

  • Stephen Curry, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and LeBron James autographed jerseys
  • Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy autographed football
  • Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad’s hijab, mask, and jacket
  • Nike Air Jordan Sneakers from 1985-2000
  • Venus and Serena Williams' 2008 Olympic uniforms
  • Muhammad Ali autographed boxing gloves
  • Billie Jean King's tennis dress
  • Jackie Robinson's game-worn pants and autographed baseball
  • Jim Brown's shoulder pads and autographed football
  • Jesse Owens' diary from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin
  • Lee Trevino’s glove and hat
  • Negro League baseball jerseys and cleats
  • Black Fives Era basketball artifacts
  • All-American Girls Professional Baseball League artifacts
  • And lots more!

Generous support for the exhibition is provided by The University of Texas at Austin.

Rain Day Plan
In case of inclement weather, all outside activities will be canceled. The Get in the Game exhibition and the rest of the library will still remain open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visiting Tip
Are you a UT sports fan? Here’s a winning game plan for your day! Join us for our opening day festivities and then make it to one of the following same-day UT sports activities:

  • 12 p.m. – Softball game, Texas vs. Oklahoma State
  • 2:30 p.m. – Baseball game, Texas vs. New Orleans
  • 6:30 p.m. – Orange-White Spring Football Game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

For more information, visit TexasSports.com.

Location & Parking
The LBJ Presidential Library is on The University of Texas at Austin campus and located at 2313 Red River St. Free parking will be available in lots 37, 38, 39, and 40 (entrances located directly off Red River Street) as well as in the UT Manor Parking Garage.

parking map

Please note: There will be many activities happening in and around campus and we expect increased traffic. All spaces will be on a first come, first served basis.



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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]


Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
[email protected]
(512) 721-0198


Please be aware that LBJ Presidential Library events may be filmed and/or photographed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the LBJ Library to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the Library, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.