John Wooden's condo contents to UCLA
LOS ANGELES -- Some contents of John Wooden's Encino condominium will be displayed at UCLA's athletic Hall of Fame inside the J.D. Morgan Center, the family announced.
The Wooden family will soon put the condo up for sale and will donate most of the memorabilia of legendary UCLA basketball coach's den room to UCLA, according to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News. Some memorabilia will also be loaned to Purdue, Indiana State and the city of Martinsville, Ind., where Wooden played, coached and grew up, respectively.
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"There's all kind of little memorabilia and some nice things," Nan Muehlhausen, Wooden's daughter, told the newspaper.
"He was a saver of things. Everything someone gave him meant something to him. That was his nature. It's very poignant, and there's a lot of good memories from that room."
UCLA intends on having the display ready by the end of the year. Wooden's room will be showcased inside four plexiglass barriers, making it possible for viewers to walk around its perimeter of the famed room that would host authors, politicians, dignitaries, coaches and players.
"Maybe this is more of a tangible thing for people on the outside, and enjoyment of our own people," said Bob Field, UCLA's associate director of sports and administration. "One of the treasures was sitting in his home surrounded by books and trinkets and letters and photos and the filing cabinet. They always came away treasuring that opportunity to sit in his den."
Wooden won 10 men's basketball national championships while at UCLA. He died on June 4 at the age of 99.
Blair Angulo is an author of the UCLA blog for ESPNLosAngeles.com