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Documentary about the “Game of Change” coming to campus

February 7, 2022

Northwood University is proud to be one of just 63 college campuses from around the country that will host a screening of “The Loyola Project,” a documentary exploring what has become known as the “Game of Change.”

In 1963, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the Loyola Ramblers of Chicago broke racial barriers in college basketball on their way to a national championship. Loyola’s most memorable game that season was against an all-white team from Mississippi State that was forbidden by its governor to leave the state to play against black athletes.

Few beyond the Loyola family and die-hard college basketball fans know their story. Now, 60 years later, the legend is reexamined by Loyola basketball player and co-captain Lucas Williamson. Woven together with archival footage and interviews, the legacy of the 1963 Ramblers is revisited at a time when the struggle for racial equality remains relevant.

“The timeliness of this documentary is ideal,” stated Northwood Dean of Student Affairs Andy Cripe. “We know our students support and believe in racial justice, and this documentary will provide an opportunity for a thought-provoking look at history.”

Northwood alumni — including Jeff Stauffer, son of founders Gary and Willa Stauffer — will be attending a red-carpet premiere of “The Loyola Project” on Feb. 10 in Chicago. We have arranged to bring the screening to campus for all our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the general public at 4:30 p.m. March 24 at Griswold Lecture Hall.

“Northwood University is honored to be included in this tour, as it will offer our students an opportunity to be inspired by the ‘Game of Change,’” stated Justin Marshall, Northwood’s vice president of Advancement, who helped facilitate the local screening.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience. Space will be limited, so please RSVP for the screening online.

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