by John Boyd
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
1:11 PM CDT, October 12, 2012
A dedication ceremony for the Olympic oak tree was held Friday morning at Wichita State University.
The tree honors the gold medal win for two former University of Wichita basketball players and a former coach back in the 1936 Olympics.Those games were the first time men's basketball was a feature sport. The U.S. team won the gold medal over Canada...that squad had two players from Wichita State on it.
As an award the team received the gold medal and an oak seed from the German government.
That oak seed that the team got in 1936 found its way back to Wichita State, now the Olympic oak stands right outside of Koch Arena.
"This is a direct viable connection to our history to those players”, says Ted Ayers of Wichita State.If you want a closer look at the history of the first men’s Olympic basketball team and its connection to Wichita State the library on campus has a detailed exhibit on hand.
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