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UCLA Students Celebrating Coach's 100th Birthday Tomorrow

I have already written about this couple of times during last few weeks (here and here). Now that the day is almost here thought it would be to feature a formal post on the home page. Tomorrow UCLA students thanks to the leadership of the folks Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) are doing something very cool. They are staging a "commemorative day" to celebrate 100th birthday of Coach.

USAC has planned number of events on campus throughout the day. Here is the formal list taken from our school's official website:

11:40 a.m.-1:10 p.m.

Photo and video opportunities will be available when UCLA students visit two Los Angeles Unified School District campuses to speak with students about the values championed by Coach Wooden, including his renowned Pyramid of Success.  

  • UCLA Community School (3201 W. 8th St., Los Angeles CA 90005)
  • University Senior High School (11800 Texas Ave, Los Angeles CA 90025)

5 p.m.

A reception at UCLA's John Wooden Center will feature an exhibit of Coach Wooden memorabilia, cake and the unveiling of a portrait of Coach Wooden by artist Tom Pinch, which is being given to the University for display in the Wooden Center. More information on this event available here. Further details on tomorrow's festivities after the jump.

 6 p.m.-approx. 7:30 p.m.

Jasmine Hill, UCLA's undergraduate student body president, will be master of ceremonies at a program in the Wooden Center's Collins Court. The program will feature:

  • Highlights from the morning's schoolvisits and the screening of a 19-minute memorial video on Coach Wooden's life.
  • Thereceipt of aCity of Los Angeles resolution honoring Coach Wooden.
  • A speech by UCLA alumnus and former NBA star Keith Erickson about Coach Wooden's inspiration to others.
  • A speech by UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero about Coach Wooden's legacy and Pauley Pavilion.
  • The presentation of the 2010-11 men's and women's basketball teams by UCLA basketball coaches Ben Howland and Nikki Caldwell.
  • Appearances by the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and mascots Joe and Josephine B

I am assuming the evening events starting at 5 pm are going to be open to everyone including students and alums.  You can read more about the festivities here.

For those who live around Los Angeles, hope you have a chance to make it. Not to mention if you are attending these events, please consider blogging about them by sharing your stories, pictures and videos with your extended UCLA family right here on BN.