Fundraising Underway for Hundley Statue
- By Michael Fragale
- September 26, 2013 03:10 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Friends and family of West Virginia University men’s basketball great Rod “Hot Rod” Hundley have started a special fundraising campaign for a statue of “The Clown Prince” to be placed at the WVU Coliseum.
The fundraising efforts for the statue are being planned and commissioned by Hundley’s family and friends with a goal to reach $300,000 in order to complete the entire design and installation process. The Hundley statue will be designed and sculpted by nationally known Morgantown artist Jamie Lester, and will feature Hundley in one of his signature moves – the hook shot.
All contributions to the fund are tax deductible and payable to the WVU Foundation, One Waterfront Place, 7th Floor, PO Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650. In the memo line, donors are asked to write in “Hot Rod Hundley Statue Fund,” and any donations raised over the goal amount will go toward the Rod Hundley basketball scholarship fund that already has been established with the WVU Foundation.
While all donations will be accepted, gifts of $1,000 will receive a designed picture of Hundley’s hook shot in front of Stansbury Hall autographed by “Hot Rod” and Lester. Gifts of $10,000 will receive a miniature replica of the statue, while donations totaling $25,000 will receive a miniature bronze replica.
Hundley is one of two WVU men’s basketball players to have his number (33) retired. A standout for the Mountaineers from 1953-57, he earned All-America honors as a senior and remains the lone Mountaineer selected as the overall No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Aside from his outstanding collegiate career, Hundley went on to become a two-time NBA all-star before becoming a Hall of Fame broadcaster with the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz.
If the fundraising efforts are successful, Hundley will become the second Mountaineer basketball standout to receive a statue sculpted by Lester at the WVU Coliseum. Currently, the Jerry West statue stands outside the Blue Gate plaza and was dedicated in 2007. The Jerry West statue was a gift to the University by Michael Heisley, former owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.
For more information on the fundraising campaign or for updates, fans are encouraged to visit Facebook at Hot Rod Hundley Statue, Twitter @hotrodhundley33 or call Jeremy Posey at 304-216-6366.