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In Memory: The Legacy of Bill Russell

Honoring our BPM Hero, Bill Russell [1934-2022]

Last month Bill Russell, a well-known NBA star and civil rights activist, passed away peacefully at the age of 88. He was widely respected in the NBA community for his many championship wins (11 in total), as well as his groundbreaking work as the first Black head coach in NBA history. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Russell's legacy will continue to inspire future generations.

“Bill Russell was the definition of a legend. He was a consummate winner and a trailblazer who broke barriers in the game of basketball and the game of life for Black athletes and Americans throughout his career and life. Boston and Massachusetts were very lucky to be part of his life story.” — Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts

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