Effort to preserve film of historic 1954 Milan vs. Muncie Central basketball game

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INDIANAPOLIS (February 22, 2016) - It is a grassroots effort to save an iconic piece of Indiana history.

Hoosiers from all over came out Broad Ripple Sunday to donate to the effort of saving and restoring the original game film from the 1954 Indiana boys high school state championship- Milan versus Muncie Central.

A local film preservationist created a crowd funding effort to raise the money needed to restore the film and preserve it.

Bobby Plump, the Milan star who made the last shot to win the game hosted the fundraiser at his “Plump’s Last Shot Tavern."

Timing is critical for the project to be able to preserve it for future generations.

“The films themselves are in chemical trouble and they’re starting to deteriorate. We probably have about 6 months before they’re ready to turn to dust and not be usable at all anymore, ” said film preservationist Eric Grayson.

The restoration project will take about a year to complete and is expected to last 400 years.

The goal is raise enough money to also restore and preserve the semifinal between Milan and Terre Haute’s Gerstmeyer High School.

“This story has just taken a life of its own because the movie 'Hoosiers' helped it and to preserve the film of the game just seems important from a historical standpoint,” said Milan star Bobby Plump.

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the movie “Hoosiers” which was inspired by the 1954 Milan/Muncie Central championship game.

To learn more and how to donate to the project, click here.

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