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Hartford To Host UCONN Victory Parade


HARTFORD — In case you missed it, there’s going to be a parade!

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy yesterday announced that the Hartford Business Improvement District and the city of Hartford will host a victory parade and rally on Sunday, April 17 to congratulate and honor the University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball Team for winning the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The victory parade, which will begin and end at the State Capitol, will start at 3:00 p.m. on April 17 and wind around Bushnell Park, Main Street and Capitol Avenue.

A victory rally with the coaches and players will take place on the north steps of the Capitol building immediately following the parade.  Parade and rally organizers are relying on private funds to support both events.

The parade will begin at the State Capitol, travel north on Trinity Street, take a right on Jewell Street, turn left on Gold Street, take a right on Main Street, and finally turn right onto Capitol Avenue before returning to the State Capitol where the rally will be held.

 

 

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City Hosts UCONN Victory Rally and Parade


HARTFORD — The city will overflow with joy and pride on Sunday as it hosts a victory parade and rally to congratulate and honor the University of Connecticut’s Women’s Basketball Team for winning their seventh NCAA Women’s National Basketball Championship, second perfect season in a row and making history with their 78-game winning streak.

The Huskies defeated Stanford 53-47 to win back-to-back national championships and become the first-ever NCAA women’s basketball team to have consecutive unbeaten seasons – and in the process beating their own NCAA Division I winning record of 70 games.

The victory parade, which will begin and end at the State Capitol, will start at 3:00 p.m. on April 18 and take place near the Bushnell Park, Main Street and Capitol Avenue areas of Hartford. A celebration rally with the coaches and players will take place on the north steps of the Capitol building immediately following the parade. Parade and rally organizers are relying on private funds to support both events.

Prior to the start of the parade and rally on April 18, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team, which is coached by UConn’s Hall of Fame Coach Geno Auriemma and includes current and former UConn greats, will play an exhibition scrimmage against the USA Basketball Select Team at 12:30 pm at the XL Center in downtown Hartford. The USA Basketball Women’s National Team, along with elite collegiate athletes on the USA Select Team, are training in Hartford and Storrs between April 11 and April 18.

“Words cannot accurately convey the joy and pride we have in the UConn women’s basketball team. However, action speaks louder than words and I am inviting UConn fans of all ages to join us on April 18 in showing these young women and their coaches why we love the UConn Huskies so much,” said Governor Rell. “I cannot think of a better way to cap this historic basketball season and their back-to-back national championships. As diehard fans, let’s make history ourselves by lining the parade and attending the rally in record numbers.”

“The UConn women’s basketball players are more than just national champions. They are first class student-athletes and role models for all of us. This is why when it comes to the celebration events that are being planned for April 18, the players deserve it, the coaches deserve it and the best women’s basketball fans in the country who witnessed sports history deserve it.”

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Hartford Gets Ready for UCONN Parade


HARTFORD –  Everyone loves a parade.  So the city and the State of Connecticut will host a victory parade and rally to honor the UCONN Women’s Basketball Team for winning their seventh National Championship, their second perfect season in a row and their 78-game winning streak, Hartford officials announced earlier today.

 The team’s historic accomplishment of back-to-back unbeaten titles coincides with the 375th Anniversary Celebrations of Hartford and the State.  Parade and rally organizers are relying on private funds to support both events.  

Before this celebration begins, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team (coached by UCONN Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma and includes many current and former UCONN stars) is expected to play an exhibition scrimmage against the USA Basketball Select Team at 12:30 p.m. at the XL Center in Downtown Hartford.

More details on the scrimmage and the parade/rally will be announced by the city when they become available

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Parade Set for UConn Huskies


HARTFORD — The city  and the state will host a parade on Sunday to “congratulate and honor” the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team for wining the 2009 NCAA National Basketball Championship.

The 3 p.m. parade, which will take place near the Bushnell Park, Main Street and Capitol Avenue areas of the city, will begin and end at the State Capitol. A rally will take place on the north steps of the Capitol immediately following the parade.

“A parade in downtown Hartford is just one way to do just that – not only for the players, the coaches and the University, but for the thousands of fans of all ages who helped cheer them on to a perfect 39-0 season and a sixth NCAA Championship,” Gov. Jodie Rell said. “Frankly, the people of Connecticut needed some good news and the undefeated women’s team provided it. Let’s return the favor by lining the parade route and showing them how much they really mean to us.”

The UConn parade planning committee is coordinated by Rell’s office, the Hartford Business Improvement District and the MetroHartford Alliance. The committee consists of representatives from the Office of the Governor, the State of Connecticut, the City of Hartford, the University of Connecticut, the Hartford Hospitality Task Force, civic organizations and businesses from throughout the Greater Hartford region.

The parade is being made possible through generous donations from the City of Hartford, the state and a variety of civic organizations and area businesses.

For parade sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Zaleski at the Hartford Business Improvement District at (860) 728-2274.

Additional parade details, including information about the parade route, traffic, parking, order of participants, media credentials and more will be announced as they become available.

The UConn women’s basketball team won their sixth NCAA Basketball Championship on April 7 by beating the Louisville Cardinals in St. Louis. They finished the season undefeated and were the regular season champions of the Big East and the winners of the conference tournament championship.

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UConn Comes Home to Victory Rally


HARTFORD — The UConn Huskies will be arriving today to a throng of fans at Bradley International Airport.

A rally is set for about 3:30 p.m. at Route 75 and Firehouse Road today to welcome the NCAA champions.

Afterwards, the team will head to the Gampel Pavilion for another pep rally at about 4:30 p.m.

These events are free and open to the public.

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