INDIANAPOLIS (July 21, 2015) – Jimmy Chitwood and Norman Dale would be proud. Shooter would probably jump on a bed.
The Indiana Pacers announced Tuesday that players would sport the uniforms of the Hickory Huskers to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie “Hoosiers.”
The team will wear the Hickory uniforms during select regular season games.
“Our team will be honored to wear the Hickory uniforms because of the attention it will bring to the storied history of Indiana basketball and the success of that movie,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “‘Hoosiers’ takes us all back to a special place and time.”
The uniforms are part of a first-of-its-kind partnership with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM). The 1986 film was written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh, both Indiana natives. It received two Academy Award nominations and is considered one of the greatest sports movies of all time. In Indiana, it’s practically gospel.
In addition to 2015-2016, the Pacers will wear the Hickory uniforms during select games over the next few seasons. The team hasn’t announced which games will feature the iconic uniforms.
“While the uniform being worn in front of a worldwide audience is thrilling, we are equally excited about the additional opportunities the partnership provides both on and off the court,” said Todd Taylor, Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, who helped champion the idea.
“The Miracle Men of Milan are just one of the legendary basketball stories in the state. We look forward to drawing attention to the contributions and accomplishments of those that have made Indiana synonymous with the game of basketball.”