By C. Richard King, Charles Fruehling Springwood
Asses the ritualization and illustration of racial distinction linked to intercollegiate athletics.
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This propensity is most marked in museums, halls of fame, and other exhibitionary spaces dedicated to the history of college sports. To clarify the erasure of race from institutional histories of intercollegiate athletics here we tour the NCAA Hall of Champions and the College Football Hall of Fame. Amid the glittering office complexes in suburban Kansas City, the NCAA Hall of Champions offers, what a promotional brochure terms, “A one-of-a-kind tribute to intercollegiate athletics . . a photographic and video salute to all of the NCAA’s 21 sports” (“NCAA Hall of Champions,” no date).
Webber Borchers, also a former Boy Scout who succeeded Leutwiler and portrayed the mascot during the 1929 and 1930 football seasons, insisted that a new and “authentic” costume made by “traditional” Native Americans was needed to enhance the value and significance of his per- “Kill the Indians, Save the Chief” 47 formances. Initially, he attempted to secure funding for the new costume from the student body, but he raised only thirty dollars (Borchers, 1959, p. 2). , p. , p. 2). After securing the funding in the summer of 1930, he hitchhiked to South Dakota, arriving at the Pine Ridge Reservation in August.
Nah! I had to work to get here. At the Boys and Girls club. At Memphis State. I had to work to be great. Just do it. My Name is Peewee Kirkland. I’m the guy who could have made it, but walked away. 34 BEYOND THE CHEERS I’m the guy who got drafted by the Chicago Bulls. I’m the guy who scored 135 points in one game. In the beginning I lived every kid’s biggest dream. In the end I lived every kid’s worst nightmare. The streets, the life of crime, takes lives and that needs to be remembered. These life histories map out opposite itineraries, success, superstardom, and the American Dream juxtaposed with failure, obscurity, and a societal nightmare.