Hoop it up at basketball pep rally April 27

Join Mayor Betsy Price and the City Council to help recognize Fort Worth’s hometown basketball heroes during a citywide pep rally at 5 p.m. April 27 in the Sundance Square Plaza.

The festive event will celebrate the championship seasons of TCU and Texas Wesleyan University, and recognize longtime high school coach Robert Hughes Sr.

TCU won its first-ever National Invitational Tournament title by defeating Georgia Tech in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The 2016-17 season, under first-year coach Jamie Dixon, was the Horned Frogs’ most successful in the Big 12 era.

Texas Wesleyan won the school’s second national championship in basketball last month in a convincing 86-76 victory over Life University of Marietta, Ga., in the 80th NAIA Division I national championship game under coach Brennen Shingleton.

Hughes, a Fort Worth ISD basketball coach for 47 years, has been named to the 2017 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He ranks first on the all-time win list for boys’ high school coaches. He led Dunbar High School and, before that, I.M. Terrell High School teams to 35 district championships and five state championships. His overall high school coaching record is 1,333-247.

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