Documentary to Include Milan 'Miracle'

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The national spotlight will once again shine on one of the state's signature sports moments. HBO's "Sport in America: Our Defining Stories" documentary set to air Thanksgiving will include the story of the 1954 Milan High School State Championship basketball team. November 20, 2013

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MILAN, Ind. - The 1954 Miracle of Milan will be featured on HBO Thanksgiving evening as part of the documentary "Sport in America: Our Defining Stories." This all new documentary by HBO, Sports Illustrated and End Game Entertainment examines how the universal thread of sport unites us as a people and has shaped America's character. This 95 minute special debuts on Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 28 (6:00pm ET / 5:00pm CT) when families gather to enjoy the holiday and share sports.

The filmmakers sifted through thousands of personal stories from fans who have been part of sports' most transcendent events to create a tapestry of stories reflecting our culture. It examines what these events meant to us, why they moved us, why they inspired us and what they tell us about who we are. Other featured stories will include Hank Aaron breaking the major league baseball home run record, the Boston Marathon, Jessie Owens historic achievements at the 1936 Olympics and when a hobbled Kurt Gibson hit a rocket into the right field stands to win game one of the 1988 World Series. This special will cover a wide spectrum of the American sports landscape including baseball, football, hockey, tennis, basketball and boxing among others.

About the Milan '54 - Hoosiers Museum:

Before Indiana adopted the high school class basketball tournament system, teams from all sizes of schools competed against each other for that one coveted title - Indiana State Basketball Champions. In 1954 the reign of the large Indiana High Schools ended when the team from Milan High School in Milan, Indiana (with an enrollment of just 161) defeated the Muncie Central team (with an enrollment of 1,662). A shot taken in the last moments brought the score to Milan 32-Muncie 30. Basketball enthusiasts from all over the United States cheered for the Milan Indians Boys Basketball team and sent messages of congratulations. Thousands of fans gathered in the small town of Milan to watch as a huge parade brought the team back to town. In 1986 the small town's accomplishment was made into the movie "Hoosiers" and the fan base for the Milan Indians team grew even more.

Today, people come from all over the United States and many countries of the world to see the Milan 54 - Hoosiers Museum and re-live the "David vs. Goliath" event by walking in the footsteps of the young men who did what was thought to be impossible. The museum is located at 201 West Carr Street in downtown Milan, Indiana and is packed with items from the 1954 Indiana State Basketball Championship as well as the 1986 movie "Hoosiers." For more information visit www.Milan54.org .

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