Perhaps the most famous person in attendance was Madison County sports legend Bobby Wilkerson, a member of the 1976 Indiana University national championship team. Wilkerson was a senior starter for that team, which went 32-0 and is the last NCAA men's basketball team to finish a season undefeated.
Wilkerson, who now lives in Alpharetta, Ga., signed autographs, took pictures with fans and talked with anyone who wanted to reminisce about the '76 team. He said the city has changed drastically from his childhood, but he has so much family in the area that it still feels like home.
"I've been back and forth so much, and a lot of people here were fans, so I still feel like I belong," Wilkerson said.
One of the other reasons Wilkerson attended was to raise awareness for education in the area through his foundation, 32and0. He said one of the major reasons for the struggles in the area is a lack of mentors and good role models for students.
"We have to focus on the kids," said the former basketball star. "At some point, we have to realize that it's an issue that impacts us all, so we all have to step up to make a difference."
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