Southeastern Indiana Basketball Legend and former WRBI Sports Broadcaster Glen Butte has passed away.Glen was a member of the Milan Indians 1954 Indiana State Basketball Championship team which inspired the movie, Hoosiers, and an inductee of The Indiana and Ripley County Basketball Halls of Fame.He played College Basketball at Indiana University under legendary coach Branch McCracken. Butte returned to Southeastern Indiana where he became an educator and coach at Moores Hill, Dillsboro, Orleans, and eventually to Batesville where he was an Administrator and Athletic Director. During his time at Batesville, Glen thrived as one of the premiere Sports Announcers on WRBI for many years.Nicole Butte and Jon Butte are organizing a fundraiser on behalf of Milan 54 Inc (Milan 54 Museum). Help preserve the Greatest Sports Story of All Time, Hoosiers. Donate to the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum In Memory of Glen Butte (#55). The goal is to raise $55,000 in honor of Glen’s #55. https://www.gofundme.com/f/glen-butte?fbclid=IwAR0o1ywKAM4oP1ojSnhjVd7dqs-8EtK8tBEAMzfUzWfdD1-m8ARpyO_-ylkThe staff of WRBI offers our thoughts and prayers to wife Dixie; daughter Lesa; son Jon; his 2 grandchildren; as well as many other family members and friends.Photo courtesy of The Milan ’54 Museum.
He was drafted with the 13th pick of the NBA Draft’s first round following his junior season at SU in 1986 by the then-New Jersey Nets. Washington also played for the Miami Heat and only stuck in the league until 1989.Shortly after announcing Washington’s death, SU Athletics released the following video commemorating his life. Related Stories Online fundraiser benefits former SU basketball star Pearl Washington Former Syracuse basketball legend Pearl Washington has died, SU Athletics announced Wednesday morning. Washington, who played at Syracuse from 1983-1986, had been battling a malignant brain tumor.Syracuse.com initially reported Washington’s struggle with the brain tumor at the end of August. A Gofundme page was started Jan. 20 for Washington by Brandon Steiner, a Syracuse graduate and memorabilia mogul. The page has raised $63,430 as of about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. A vigil was held in September at Hendricks Chapel, where the now-late Father Linus DeSantis said Washington’s condition had been improving.T-shirts had also been sold with “Pearl” scrawled on the front and SU players wore shirts on the bench and during warm-ups throughout this past basketball season. Facebook Twitter Google+ SU head coach Jim Boeheim recruited Washington from Brownsville, New York. Before he got to Syracuse, Washington was well known for his exploits on the blacktop playground courts in New York City. Tim Hardaway, who is credited for his handle, emulated Washington’s crossover, he said in a video for the New York Times.“First off I’d like to start out by saying how much I appreciate all the support for Dwayne Washington, Pearl,” Boeheim said on Jan. 30. “I think the overwhelming support that has been coming forth from everybody is tremendous. There’s no better guy and there’s nobody who has meant more to our basketball program than Dwayne Washington so I appreciate all that has been done for him and the thoughts people have come forth with. It means a lot to me. It means a lot to him.”Washington’s signature moment at Syracuse is still played on the video board before basketball games, when he hit a game-winning, half-court buzzer beater against Boston College Jan. 21, 1984. After the shot, Washington famously kept running, right into the locker room tunnel as the student section stormed the court. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJessica Sheldon | Staff Photographer Published on April 20, 2016 at 9:50 am Contact Chris: email@example.com | @ChrisLibonati