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UConn Victory Parade, Rally — Coming Sunday in Hartford

Connecticut prepares to celebrate the dual NCAA basketball championships won by UConn's men's and women's teams.

Coach Gino Auriemma with the UConn Lady Huskies after defeating Notre Dame 79-58. Photo: UConn.com
Coach Gino Auriemma with the UConn Lady Huskies after defeating Notre Dame 79-58. Photo: UConn.com

Husky Nation can show their pride on Sunday when a dual victory parade for the UConn Men's and Women's basketball teams will be held in Hartford.

The announcement came via a Tweet by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy — "The@UConnHuskies dual victory parade will be held on Sunday (4/13) at 4pm in #Hartford. Let's show our support for the National Champs!"

The parade and a rally are being organized by the Hartford Business Improvement District. Full details on the parade route and rally at the state Capitol are below.

The UConn Lady Huskies and Coach Geno Auriemma concluded an undefeated season of 40-0 on Tuesday night in Nashville, TN with their stunning 79-58 victory over Notre Dames Fighting Irish to capture their eighth NCAA title.

The men's team won the NCAA title on Monday night with a 60-54 victory over Kentucky. That was the first national title for Coach Kevin Ollie who's in his second year of coaching the team.

Here is the full announcement with details, released by Malloy's office Wednesday morning:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Hartford Business Improvement District will host a victory parade and rally in Hartford on Sunday, April 13 to congratulate the UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams for winning their 2014 NCAA  Basketball National Championships.

The parade, which will begin and end at the State Capitol, starts at 4:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a victory rally on the north steps of the State Capitol building. Parade and rally organizers are relying on private donations to finance both events. 

“A decade after claiming both titles, UConn Women and Men have once again focused the spotlight of college basketball on Connecticut by bringing home another dual national championship and proving to the nation why the road to the Final Four always runs through Connecticut,” Governor Malloy said. “I’m looking forward to joining thousands of Husky fans in Hartford on Sunday to let the both teams and Coaches Auriemma and Ollie know how proud we are of their success this season.”

Governor Malloy added, “I want to thank the Hartford Business Improvement District for again hosting this event, organizing its sponsors, and allowing Connecticut residents to celebrate another dual national championship from our state.”

Organizers continue to rely on private funds to support the parade and the rally. This celebratory event is produced by the Hartford Business Improvement District, in collaboration with the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut, and a number of civic and business organizations. Companies may choose from several sponsorship levels ranging from $10,000 to $2,500 or less. To discuss parade sponsorship opportunities, quickly contact Michael Zaleski at the Hartford Business Improvement District (HBID) at 860-728-2274 or email:mzaleski@hartfordbid.com.

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

Craig R April 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM
When referring to student athletes-you are talking the women's team only right? Lest we forget that UCONN men were banned due to poor grades and graduation rate. And as for Shabazz Napier-it was your UCONN teammates and predecessors who were the reason-not the NCAA. Good thing you are finishing your career to go pro soon before the higher standards take effect. Then you will be the reason UCONN men get banned again. That year gave you time to study a little and improve your game. Kevin Ollie-please stop talking-it reflects poorly on your UCONN education-that degree in basket weaving is really paying off.
Bill S. April 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM
I agree with Jason Silver's comment. Having a parade is over doing it. We don't give students a parade for making the deans list, so why is winning a national basketball championship more important than making the deans list? To Craig R above, many people feel the women are the student athletes, and not the men. I would like to know what their academic majors are. Their majors can't be any better than the men.
Bro Renza April 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM
what a bunch of knuckle dragging, right wing racist fruit cakes! UNBELIEVABLE. ps: for Bill S. students from EVERY College make the dean's list, only 1 NCAA division 1 b-ball CHAMP !
Bill S. April 11, 2014 at 07:47 AM
To Bro Renza, True, students from every college make the deans list. However, why does winning a national championship in basketball deserve more recognition and media hype than making the deans list? How do we expect our younger generation to put their priorities in the right place when all the recognition goes to excelling in sports? When job recruiters interview college students they don't ask for the win/loss record of the school's basketball team. Job recruiters stress academic preparation and achievement, work experience, and maturity. By the way, Bro Renza, since you want to dwell on sports, here is a tidbit for you. If you want to succeed on Wall Street, lacrosse is the sport for the Big Boys there, not basketball.
Kevin April 13, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Bro Renza,were you in Detroit a few weeks back?

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