Ceremony Starts: 2 pm
Location: DCU Center Arena Plaza, located on the corner of Foster Street and Major Taylor Boulevard
Seating: is for ticketed VIP guests who have received an invitation for the ceremony & post ceremony reception.
Public: The public is invited to come cheer on Bob Cousy in the Street Closure of Foster Street.
Parking: Parking can be found in the Mercantile Garage (less than 1 block walk) located on Commercial Street, as well as in the Major Taylor Boulevard Garage (2 blocks walking) on Major Taylor Boulevard.
Available on both, just before 2 pm on Friday, 6/18.
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Worcester – The City of Worcester will unveil a statue in honor of basketball legend Bob Cousy during a ceremony to be held Friday, June 18, 2 p.m., at the DCU Center, 50 Foster St.
Known affectionately by fans as “Cooz,” Cousy played college hoops for The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, and went on to star with the Boston Celtics, helping to turn the once-struggling NBA team into a dynasty. Regarded as one of the greatest guards to ever play the game – and known for his signature, behind-the-back transfer of the basketball when driving to the hoop – he went on to have his number retired by the Celtics and was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.
In retirement, Cousy published an autobiography, coached the Boston College men’s basketball team for several years, and coached in the NBA. He also served as a color analyst for the Celtics.
In August 2019, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Cousy has called Worcester home for more than 70 years. His beloved wife Missie passed away in 2013. Cousy’s daughters, Ticia and Marie, will be in attendance for the unveiling.
The ceremony, with Cousy in attendance, will be held outside the DCU Center on the Arena Plaza, and will feature Cousy’s former colleague Michael Gorman as emcee. Several local and state officials, including Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Attorney General Maura Healey, Mayor Joseph M. Petty, District 2 Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson and City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. are scheduled to speak, along with Civic Center Commission Chair John Harrity and outgoing College of the Holy Cross President Rev. Philip Boroughs. The ceremony will also feature Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca; one of Cousy’s former teammates, Tom “Satch” Sanders; and longtime sportswriter and author Bob Ryan, who wrote the book, “Cousy and the Celtic Mystique.”
Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will culminate in the unveiling of the statue sculpted by Omri Amrany.
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