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Aside from his incredible NBA career, Bill was also an avid civil rights activist.
“From boycotting a 1961 exhibition game to expose long-tolerated discrimination, to running Mississippi’s first all-inclusive basketball camp in the incendiary wake of Medgar [Evers’] assassination, to decades of activism finally recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010,” the statement continued on Twitter. , though never his humble intention, will forever inspire teamwork, selflessness and thoughtful change.”
The statement thanked fans for their love and support and encouraged them to keep his spirit and message alive. “We hope that each of us can find a new way to act or express ourselves with Bill’s uncompromising, dignified and always constructive commitment to principles,” he concluded. “It would be a last and lasting victory for our beloved No. 6.”
Following the announcement of his passing, the Boston Celtics also shared a statement on Twitter in remembrance of their beloved coach and star.
“Being the greatest champion of your sport, revolutionizing the way the game is played and being a leader of society all at once seems unthinkable, but that’s what Bill Russell was,” they tweeted in part. . “Bill Russell’s DNA is woven through every element of the Celtics organization, from the relentless pursuit of excellence, to the celebration of team awards over individual glory, to a commitment to social justice and civil rights off the court. Our thoughts are with his family as we mourn his passing and celebrate his tremendous legacy in basketball, Boston and beyond.”