Kent Benson, member of the 1976 undefeated NCAA National Championship team, will provide a program during the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) Fellowship Night set for Thursday, Aug. 29. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner followed by the program from Benson beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Backstretch Café at the entrance to the barn area at Indiana Grand.
A native of New Castle, Ind., Benson was named 1973 Indiana Mr. Basketball. He went on to an outstanding career at Indiana University (IU). In addition to serving as a member of the 32-0 undefeated team of 1976, Benson is the eighth all-time leading scorer in IU history and one of only three players to grab more than 1,000 rebounds during his tenure in Bloomington, Ind.
A No. 1 draft pick in 1977, Benson went on to play in the NBA for 11 seasons with Milwaukee, Detroit, Utah and Cleveland. He retired from basketball in 1989.
Benson now serves as a motivational speaker. His program will focus on striving for Excellence with a focus on “six D’s” he has identified as key to achieving one’s goals: desire, determination, dedication, discipline, direction and decision. Although his program is geared for all ages, his insight into growing up in Indiana, sports, and life is especially effective for junior high and high school students. The 1973 Fellowship of Christian Athletes High School Athlete of the Year will also talk about his testimony and walk with God to cap off the program.
The 30-minute program will conclude with a question and answer session with Benson. In addition to dinner, the Indiana HBPA will provide random drawings to four lucky attendees for (4) “IU-Hoosiers” red and white basketballs autographed by Benson. The public is encouraged to bring in items for autographs. Courtesy photo slicks of Benson in action at IU will be provided for the meet and greet with guests.
Guests interested in attending should call ahead and reserve a spot to assist Indiana HBPA in maintaining food and beverage levels. The event will be held in the climate-controlled Backstretch Café. Seating may be limited. To RSVP, contact the Indiana HBPA at (765) 602-0915.