McGuire Statue Unveiled During Celebration
On Friday, April 23, Marquette University unveiled a statue of legendary basketball coach Al McGuire. Located immediately inside the main entrance of the Al McGuire Center, the statue will serve as a lasting reminder of the legacy of its namesake to all who pass through the facility.
Artist Omri Amrany spent seven months crafting the silicone bronze statue to replicate the image of Al in the final moment of Marquette?s victory in the 1977 NCAA Championship. The 4 1/2 feet tall, 1,420 pound granite base is etched with the names of Al?s former players, coaches, and staff. The statue was made possible through their generous gifts.
The Marquette Community was joined by the McGuire Family, as well as a number of Al?s former players and coaches, for the celebration. Along with the unveiling, the festivities included the opening of The Wheeler Walk of Champions, a procession of Marquette athletes, and speeches by Al McGuire's son Al, President Robert Wild, S.J., Athletics Director Bill Cords, Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Crean and Women's Basketball Head Coach Terri Mitchell.
Click here to view the Wheeler Walk of Champions.
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