President Obama Delivers a Special Message to the UTEP CommunityPresident Barack Obama delivers a special message to the UTEP community celebrating the historic win of the 1966 TWC championship team. #Miners1966

Posted by UTEP - The University of Texas at El Paso on Saturday, February 6, 2016

 

UTEP celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic 1966 Texas Western Miners championship season on Saturday. The notable moment in sports history was marked by numerous video tributes, including the one above from President Barack Obama.

The '66 Miners were the first team to ever win an NCAA basketball national championship with an all-black starting line-up. The victory is largely credited with ending segregation in athletics at universities across the South.


More than Just a Game

They changed the game forever. #Miners1966

Posted by UTEP - The University of Texas at El Paso on Saturday, February 6, 2016