Nevil Shed
Nevil Shed

UTSA employee wins Black History Makers Award

(Feb. 24, 2005)--Nevil Shed, UTSA coordinator of intramurals in the Office of Student Activities, and his former Texas Western College Miners basketball teammates were honored earlier this month at the 19th annual Black History Makers Awards dinner in New York.

March 19 marks the 39th anniversary of the 1966 game between Texas Western College, now the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Kentucky, which was the first NCAA championship pitting an all-black team against an all-white team.

A free throw by Shed marked the turning point for the Miners in the game. They took the lead and went on to win, making the team from Texas Western College the first all-black team to win an NCAA championship.

Previous History Makers Awards winners include writer Maya Angelou (1994), actor Harry Belafonte (1996) and athlete Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee (1999).

Hosted this year by CBS-TV reporter Ed Bradley during Black History Month, the Black History Makers Awards pay tribute to outstanding African-Americans and persons of African descent whose character, professional achievements and personal service to the African-American and global communities has made an enduring imprint and served as a model for youths.

Plans are in the works for two films portraying the story of the 1966 Texas Western Miners basketball team. Disney studios secured former Miners coach Don Haskins as a consultant for a film, along with a screenwriter for the production. ESPN has expressed interest in the story and hired two of Shed's former teammates as consultants for another film.

--Bronwyn Wingo

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