Senators recognize the "Game of Change"

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 7/11/2013 2:15 pm
WASHINGTON (WTVA) -- Four U. S. Senators have introduced a resolution to honor the 1963 Loyola and Mississippi State men's basketball teams.

The teams faced each other in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Mississippi state leaders were attempting to stop the team from playing because of the chance they would face a team with African-American players.

The Bulldog team slipped out of Starkville and played the game anyway, losing to the eventual National Champions.

The match-up became known as the "Game of Change" for its significance as part of civil rights history.

The bills sponsors include Republicans Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois.

President Barack Obama was also scheduled to meet with members of the 1963 Loyola team at the White House.

The resolution was introduced on the day funeral services were held for former Mississippi State basketball star Leland Mitchell, a member of the 1963 team.

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