Kentucky to the World's Basketball and Brotherhood: Breaking Barriers
Kentucky to the World (KTW) is excited to bring together University of Louisville basketball legends who changed history both on and off the court during a live program on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Muhammad Ali Center as part of the Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series.
This conversation will explore the barrier-breaking era of desegregation with former UofL athletes who paved the way for future athletes of color. The program will touch on how their struggles and triumphs went on to shape their lives. As part of the evening, guests will hear from former players Wade Houston and Eddie Whitehead, who broke the basketball color barrier at UofL in 1962.
UofL Director of Development for Diversity and Engagement Valerie Combs, the first Black woman to sign a letter of intent to attend UofL on a basketball scholarship, and Judge Derwin Webb, a captain of the UofL basketball team who went on to become Kentucky’s first male African-American Family Court Judge, will round out the program.
Prior to the main program, KTW will also hold a special student briefing program at 4:30 p.m. for local middle school through university-age students where they will hear from special guests at the Muhammad Ali Center. The student program will be emceed by Gia Combs, UofL alumnus, daughter of program speaker Valerie Combs, and recent winner of Miss Cosmos United States 2023.