Texas Western Pioneer Sheds Light on His Story to Kickoff 2007 CIAA Tournament

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: February 19, 2007

HAMPTON, Va. — Former Boston Celtics player and motivational speaker, Nevil Shed, will deliver the keynote address at the 2007 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s Tip-Off Banquet at the Westin Hotel, on Tuesday, February 27. The Men’s Tip-Off Banquet is the opening event of the tournament week.

Shed was a part of the history making 1966 NCAA Champions, Texas Western College. Their victory was so monumental that Walt Disney’s “Glory Road” retells their story. It was the first time in history that an all black team started against an all white team; it became one of the NCAA’s “25 Defining Moments.”

By proving their resilience, this team subsequently opened doors for other black student athletes to be recruited to play on then all white teams. Shed and his teammates changed the way black students athletes were perceived, even though to them it was more of an issue of being the underdogs as opposed to a race issue.

Shed says, “And what was so good about it, is that there were so many qualified black athletes who should have been at these schools and if we played a role in opening the doors to allow African-Americans to attend any school of their choice, that is a great impact.”

A Bronx, N.Y. native, Shed began his basketball career as a member of the All-City Basketball Team. He then went on to play for Texas Western College and made history with “The Miners” before being drafted to the NBA.

After he ended his career in the NBA he continued to be active in professional basketball by acting as a consultant to the 2004-2005 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs team during his spare time.

Nevil stated “What people did for us yesterday, has a story for the youth, today. I’m hoping my “Road to Glory” will be a teaching tool to let them know how it was then, so those facing any challenges will be able to recall how far we have come as a country and that with determination, anything can be achieved.”

It is for this reason that he dedicates himself to educating and helping the youth. He shares his story across the nation in community centers, churches, colleges, and corporations.