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

Apr 21, 2018

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

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On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the LBJ Presidential Library hosted a block party to celebrate the opening day of the Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports exhibition. Admission was free to all. 

Giveaways: Take-home souvenir basketball and soccer balls for children and youth

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

Music: Chulita Vinyl Club

SPORTS ACTIVITIES included:

Youth Basketball Clinics hosted by the Austin Spurs

Sport agility games by Camp Gladiator

SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY:

Snupe Daniel of 95.9 RnB, live remote from the block party

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.

The Coyote

Da Bull of the Austin Spurs

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.

 



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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
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(512) 721-0198


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