• September 18, 2020
 Glory Road in Puerto Rico

Glory Road in Puerto Rico

One of the awesome things (among many) of being an El Paso native, is that we carry a very special part of civil rights and athletic history. Most all El Pasoans know the landmark story of our beloved coach Don Haskins “The Bear”  1966 Texas Western men’s basketball team and the game winning night that changed history.

I know we, as El Pasoans, carry great pride in being the only Texas team to bring home an NCAA championship, but what I didn’t know, is that our story reaches across the ocean, all the way to Puerto Rico.

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A few weeks ago I went on vacation to the beautiful island, while there I was enjoying dinner at the hotel one night, when the bartender struck up a conversation. As soon as I mentioned I was from El Paso, TX he immediately said “El Paso, I know El Paso” of course I was shocked and asked what he knew about my hometown.

He began to tell me how much people around the area love the movie Glory Road and how inspired many people were when watching the story of the first team to start five African-American players, who then went on to win a championship and how they broke the color barrier in basketball.

We continued chatting on, him asking me questions about the real story, the University, etc.. and me trying to recollect all the information I could, making sure I represented the El Paso name!

12249757_10203542646805756_271256572500650644_nSo always be proud to tell ’em where you are from, you never know who is going to be a huge fan of our story, our city or our Hall of Fame team.

 

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Yol-Itzma Aguirre

A little about me, I am a proud El Paso, TX native. I have built my career working in national media and both – national and Texas – politics. Most recently, I was selected as one of only a handful of Latina writers (chosen from across the nation) to participate in a storytellers cohort as part of the Yale School of Journalism. I love traveling throughout Texas, finding those interesting stories that are hidden in everyday conversation. I write about people, pop culture, politics and my Texas Latina life; proudly walking through the world with El Paso “nopal-colored glasses” on.

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