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NCAA Role Brings Some Memorable Experiences
President Walter Harrison, chair of the NCAA executive committee, applauds former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden during the recent NCAA Convention.
During the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis in early January, the organization presented its Gerald R. Ford Award to former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who built a college basketball dynasty at UCLA in the 1960s and 1970s. At UCLA, Wooden won 10 national championships, seven of which came in consecutive years from 1967 through 1973. Between 1971 and 1974, UCLA won 88 straight games under Wooden, an NCAA record that still stands.
In addition to Wooden, the NCAA also presented a 2006 Gerald R. Ford Award to former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana, who played an integral role in the passage of Title IX.
Last September, Harrison and other members of the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board of Directors received a private tour of the White House, where they were greeted by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
The tour was arranged by NCAA Leadership Advisory Board member Marvin Bush, brother of President Bush.