Opening Ceremonies


WHAT: Huntsman World Senior Games Opening Ceremonies
WHEN: Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Hansen Stadium, Dixie State University
ADMISSION: Free to All

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The Opening Ceremonies, one of the highlights of the Huntsman World Senior Games, take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, on the campus of Dixie State University at the Hansen Stadium.  A perennial favorite among the athletes and community alike, this free show will feature the talents of local youth under the direction of Diamond Talent, the inspiring Parade of Athletes, and an impressive fireworks display.

Thurl BaileyBoth athletes and community members are invited to enjoy the Opening Ceremonies free of charge.  The gates open at 6:00 p.m.  A free shuttle, generously provided by Road Scholar - DSU, will be available from several campus parking lots to the stadium before the show and back afterwards.   

This year's featured guest speaker is NBA great, Thurl Bailey.  Thurl understands what it means to be a champion. In the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament, he and the rest of the North Carolina State Wolfpack team, accomplished the seemingly unthinkable. It is considered by many, one of the greatest Cinderella stories in the history of sports. ESPN ranks it as “the most improbable title run ever with perhaps the biggest upset in tournament history.” 

North Carolina State, coached by Jim Valvano, won the national title with a 54-52 victory in the final game over the University of Houston. The ending of the final is one of the most famous in college basketball history, with a dunk at the buzzer off an airball shot from 30 feet. The final dunk and coach Valvano’s running around the court in celebration immediately after the game have been staples of NCAA tournament coverage ever since. As a senior and co-captain of that championship team, Thurl went on to enjoy a 16 year professional basketball career, 12 of those in the NBA. with the Utah Jazz, and the Minnesota Timberwolves and 4 years in the Greek and Italian Leagues.

Since retiring from Professional basketball in 2000, Thurl has been leading a busy life as an inspirational speaker and entertainer, a basketball analyst for Utah Jazz TV and the owner of two successful companies, Big T Bailey Productions: Producing uplifting music and programs for kids and adults and Elegant Apparel: A custom clothing line for business executives and professional athletes.

When you meet Thurl Bailey you first notice the 7 foot athlete. But he is a man of as much depth as height. From the youth to the corporate world, Thurl Bailey inspires others to win whatever the odds or disappointments. Master storyteller and accomplished speaker and singer, he inspires companies and individuals to focus on what matters most; to persevere, to be team players, to encourage peak performance, to develop leadership, and discover opportunity in change and adversity.

Dont' miss out on this wonderful opportunity to be enteratined and inspired.