Jim Brewer, 1972 U.S. Olympic Teammates to Reunite This August

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Forty years after suffering a heartbreaking and controversial loss to the Soviet Union in the gold medal game of the Olympics, the 1972 U.S.A. basketball team will reunite to commemorate its accomplishments. Former Golden Gopher forward/center Jim Brewer played on that team and is expected to attend the reunion activities.
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Minnesota retired Brewer's No. 52 jersey in 1973.
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In three varsity seasons at Minnesota (1970-73), Brewer scored 1,009 points and pulled down 907 rebounds. He led the team in rebounding in each of his three seasons. Brewer was a member of the "Iron Five" lineup that led the 1971-72 Gophers to a Big Ten title. Following his time at Minnesota, Brewer played nine years in the NBA, ending his career with a championship for the 1982 Los Angeles Lakers.

A release about plans for the reunion is provided below, courtesy of Amy Dedman of Preston-Obsorne.

--Thursday, members of a planning committee gathered in Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium on the campus of Georgetown College to announce the reunion of the players of the 1972 Men's National Basketball Team during a celebratory weekend this August.

The celebratory event will take place Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 23-26 in Central Kentucky and include both public and private events.

"Those of us alive in 1972 will remember the significant impact that the controversial men's basketball gold medal game had (and continues to have) on international competition," said Billy Reed, executive scholar in residence at Georgetown College and founding member of the planning committee. "As our world witnessed the first act of terrorism in the modern era with the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes at the hands of Palestinian gunmen, the courage of these 12 young men's convictions in Munich does not go unnoticed."
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Brewer and his 1972 U.S.A. teammates have never accepted their silver medals after the controversial loss.
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The planning committee is working closely with Kenny Davis, captain of the 1972 team and Georgetown College alumnus, to coordinate the event. Currently, Davis is an account executive at Converse, the founding sponsor of the anniversary celebration.

"I look forward to reuniting with my entire 1972 team for the first time this August," said Davis. "It'll be nice to share all that Kentucky has to offer with my teammates, and in turn, share my teammates with the people of Kentucky."

On Friday, Aug. 24, the public will be invited to Georgetown College for a series of academic seminars and panel discussions focused on the historic impact of the 1972 Games and more specifically, the men's basketball gold medal game. All members of the team will be participating.

"Georgetown College has the privilege of calling Kenny Davis one of our own," said Dr. Bill Crouch, president of Georgetown College. "We're honored to host Kenny and his teammates for this reunion event."

The capstone event will occur on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Griffin Gate Marriott after the players take in the sights and sounds of the area. They will join other notables and appear at a public banquet dinner benefiting Georgetown's Academy for Character in Sport.

"Converse is honored to be a sponsor of this extraordinary event," said David Allen, vice president and general manager for North America at Converse. "Kenny [Davis] has been with Converse since 1972, and we are proud to pay tribute to such a dedicated member of the Converse family and his teammates."

Gov. Steve Beshear was unable to attend the press conference, but sent the following statement:

With the rich history of basketball success associated with this state, Kentucky is an appropriate backdrop for an event of this magnitude. On behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth, we are proud to host and honor such a special group of men on the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Games. We look forward to welcoming this outstanding group in August and celebrating the courage they displayed in Munich.
Mayor Jim Gray agreed. "Central Kentucky is rich in educational opportunities, and we can always count on Georgetown College to expand our horizons," Gray said. "Congratulations to Dr. Crouch and his colleagues on a thought-provoking program."

For more information about the reunion event, visit www.Courage in Munich.com.

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