The already impressive list of investors coming together in an effort to save the iconic Anderson Wigwam added a few more equally impressive — and locally tied — individuals this week.
Joining Wigwam Sports and Entertainment LLC’s “Revitalize the Wigwam” movement are Shawn, Jeff and Marquis Teague.
Local basketball fans will recognize Shawn as a starter for the 1979 Anderson Indians basketball team that was the runner-up in the annual IHSAA basketball tournament. He went on to play at the University of Missouri and Boston College.
Pacers fans know Jeff, a standout at Pike High School, as a thorn in their beloved team’s side during Indiana’s recent playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks. Some area youngsters may know him from the basketball camp he conducted at Highland a few years ago.
And Marquis, who also played at Pike, was a star at Kentucky before being drafted into the NBA by the Chicago Bulls. He is currently a member of the Brooklyn Nets.
It’s exciting to see this well-known basketball family join the effort to breathe life into the now-shuttered Wigwam. The addition of two current NBA players with local ties certainly lends credence to the WSE’s quest to become the owner of the Wigwam and turn it into a site for sports, entertainment, conventions and trade shows.
It should give WSE a few names to drop as the group tries to draw other investors to the project.
“Our entire family realizes the significance of the Wigwam, and we are committed to this opportunity,” Shawn Teague said in a recent article in The Herald Bulletin.
That’s good to hear, because commitment is what it will take to get a proposal approved by the Anderson Board of Public Works and the Anderson Community Schools board before the June 11 deadline. Commitment is what it will take to complete repairs and renovations to the complex. Commitment is what it will take to restore the Wigwam to its former glory as a centerpiece of the community.
Commitment not just from the Teagues and the WSE, but from a community pulling together to preserve, nurture and improve its way of life.
More online To read more about the WSE's Wigwam project, visit heraldbulletin.com and search for "Wigwam."