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01.26.2022

CBS SPORTS TO TELEVISE THE LOYOLA PROJECT IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The O’Malley Creadon Productions Documentary Highlighting Historic 1963 Loyola Ramblers to Premiere on CBS Sports Network on Monday, February 7 at 9:00 PM, ET

One-Hour Version of Documentary to Air on the CBS Television Network and Stream on Paramount+ on April 2

The Loyola Project, a film from O’Malley Creadon Productions highlighting the historic 1963 Loyola Ramblers, will premiere on Monday, Feb. 7 (9:00 PM, ET) in celebration of Black History Month on CBS Sports Network.

The Loyola Project, from acclaimed director Patrick Creadon, tells the story of the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers historic 1963 basketball season. At the height of the civil rights movement, the Ramblers broke racial barriers and changed college basketball forever. Now, nearly 60 years later, this legendary team is reexamined by current Loyola basketball player and co-captain, Lucas Williamson. Woven together with archival footage and modern-day interviews, this captivating story resonates with today’s continued struggle for equality.

A one-hour version of the documentary will air on the CBS Television Network and stream live on Paramount+ Saturday, April 2 (1:00 PM, ET).

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I'm a Chicagoan and a big sports fan, but this story somehow was not as prominent as some of the other amazing ones coming out of the city. Loyola's Cinderella run to the Final Four in 2018 changed that, and really made me dig deeper into the legacy of the 1963 Ramblers,” said director Patrick Creadon. “Words like diversity, equity and inclusion were not part of the dialogue in 1963 – my hope is that audiences in 2022 who do prioritize those values will recognize the role the Ramblers played in getting us to the present-day conversation.”

In addition to its television dates, the film will also be presented on more than 70 college campuses across the country as part of a “63 for 63 Screening Series” presented by Northwestern Mutual. The screening series begins early in Black History Month with a Feb. 17 stop on the campus of Mississippi State University. The Bulldogs of Mississippi State played Loyola during the 1963 NCAA tournament in what came to be known as the “Game of Change”.

THE LOYOLA PROJECT is directed by Patrick Creadon. His partner Christine O'Malley produced the film through their company, O'Malley Creadon Productions. Executive Producers are Bob and Betty Parkinson. Co-Executive Producers are Rob Parkinson and Corey McQuade. Key members of the filmmaking team are Co-writers Lucas Williamson, Julia Szromba and William Neal, Director of Photography Erin Wesley, Composer Alex Mansour, Illustrators Kenae Lowry and Greg Garay, Editors William Neal and Nick Andert, Associate Editor Julia Szromba, Archive and Associate Producer Adam L. Lawrence, Associate Producer is Moira Hamilton, Animations by Matt Barnauskas, and motion graphics by Jess Hutchison. Jonathan Schrader managed distribution and marketing for the "63 for 63 Screening Series."

CBS Sports Network, CBS Sports’ 24-hour cable channel which televises live sports programming throughout the year as well as a full slate of original programming and studio coverage, is available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App with select providers.

Major support provided by Bob and Betty Parkinson, Northwestern Mutual, Fifth Third Bank, the John and Kathleen Schreiber Charitable Foundation and Kim Blickenstaff.

Contacts:

Elizabeth Ward, PR Collaborative: elizabeth@prcollaborative.com
Matthew Fils-Aime, CBS Sports: matthew.fils-aime@cbs.com

Bill Behrns, Loyola University Chicago Athletics: bbehrns@luc.edu

Matt McDermott, Loyola University Chicago: mbedugnis@luc.edu

Press:

Matthew Fils-Aime
212-975-4772
matthew.fils-aime@cbs.com