Jarrod Jonsrud is a Ph.D. Candidate in Kinesiology at Penn State. His research interest lies in the history and philosophy of sport. He has been working on sports-related oral histories for the University Archives.
Holcombe Rucker (1926-1965) worked for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as a playground director for almost 20 years.
Jarrod had this to say about his upcoming talk:
"This investigation into Holcombe Rucker’s life, and his honest struggle to give the children of Harlem a better chance to overcome their hardships should serve as a reminder that he was more than the originator of summer basketball tournaments. He was a man who inspired a generation to do their best, and to put that same inspired effort back in to the community. Holcombe Rucker and his sacrifices to the city of Harlem, the lives of countless youth, and the game of basketball deserve more recognition. The spirit of Holcombe Rucker does not reside at a park, or on a basketball court; each time someone he taught teaches that to another, his spirit is revived and his legacy reborn."