The Lions will participate in “This game is not a secret” on February 4 and 5

NEW YORK — Columbia’s men’s basketball program will participate in the second annual “This Game is No Secret” event, created by College Insider’s ERACISM committee. The Lions will join teams across the country, honoring the legacy of coach John McLendon by wearing t-shirts with the words five words – THIS GAME IS NO SECRET during warm-ups for their games against Penn and Princeton February 4 and 5.

In 1944, McLendon’s team played a “secret game” at Duke University and used their revolutionary fast-breaking style to overwhelm the Blue Devils in an 88-44 win.

A legend in the profession, McLendon became the first African-American coach to win an integrated national championship. His team won the men’s NAIA Division I tournament in 1957, 1958 and 1959, making him the first coach in history to win three consecutive NAIA championships. He was fully enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

The head coach Jim Engles serves on the ERACISM committee, which is a social inclusion movement committed to bringing about change through education, awareness, and action with current and former college basketball coaches leading the way. America is a socially diverse nation that continues to make progress against racism through education and awareness through enhanced dialogue. ERACISM is committed to bringing about change through education, awareness and action, because we can no longer sit idly by.

Charles P. Patton