I, not being a native Hoosier, had to be indoctrinated into the history of basketball in this great state. Yes, I saw Hoosiers and loved it and yes, I live only minutes from the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, but I never truly understood Indiana’s basketball roots until I visited the Hall of Fame.
My husband is all Hoosier (even down to owning a pair of candy striped overalls) and insisted we go visit the Hall of Fame and Museum on our way to watch a high school basketball game at the state’s largest gym (also located in New Castle) which seats 9,314. And thanks to him … now I understand.
The museum celebrates the heritage of basketball in this state with dedicated space to the greats John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and of course the 1954 Milan Indians. There are trophies, photos, memorabilia and my favorite – an interactive display which allows you to attempt to make a game winning shot!
In the spirit of the season, I encourage you to take a trip to New Castle and learn more about why in this state it is so much more than just a game.