Statue honoring Cousy ’50 unveiled on campus

On June 7, the College honored one of its best-known former student athletes, Bob Cousy ’50, with the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue in front of the Hart Recreation Center. 

The highly anticipated event drew a crowd of more than 400, including Cousy’s family and friends; alumni and former teammates (such as Tom Heinsohn ’56 and Togo Palazzi ’54); Celtics and NBA staff; and media. Ron Perry ’54, former athletic director at Holy Cross, served as the emcee of the unveiling ceremony, at which Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., ’49, president emeritus, and Cousy’s daughter, Marie, spoke about the personal and professional accomplishments of “Mr. Basketball” and the importance of the statue. 

Cousy called the experience “surreal.” Reflecting on the College’s impressive athletic tradition, he said: “I’m also very proud to be so acknowledged at a school that not only enjoys international acclaim and respect for its academic curriculum, but also for its commitment to social justice and truth.” 

Commissioned by a group of alumni and friends of the College, and created by New Jersey sculptor Brian Hanlon, the statue recognizes Cousy not only for his extraordinary basketball career at Holy Cross and with the Celtics, but also for his generous and long-term commitment to the citizenry of Worcester and for his efforts to integrate the NBA racially during its early years.