Senate honors movie 'Hoosiers'

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the Hoosier Gym in Indiana, as well as the 35th anniversary of the film “Hoosiers," which was filmed there. 

The resolution was introduced last week by Indiana Sens. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungBipartisan lawmakers want Biden to take tougher action on Nicaragua Senate passes long-delayed China bill Five key parts of the Senate's sweeping China competitiveness bill MORE (R) and Mike BraunMichael BraunIU parents protest school's vaccine mandates Rick Scott introduces bill banning 'vaccine passports' for domestic flights Braun-McConnell bill would protect Americans from IRS surveillance MORE (R), aiming to recognize the impact the 1986 film and the community center has had for residents in the city of Knightstown and throughout the state. 

"'Hoosiers' is a classic sports movie, but only because it accurately captured our state's obsession with basketball from the smallest towns to the largest cities," Young said in a statement at the time. "As we begin the IHSAA tournament and prepare for March Madness, it's fitting that we honor these milestone anniversaries."

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Braun added in his own statement, “Every weekend, Hoosiers head to the local gym to watch high school basketball and this resolution honors one of our most iconic gyms where the movie ‘Hoosiers’ was filmed 35 years ago.” 

“Not only am I honored to introduce this resolution on the first day of our boys basketball state tournament, in a few weeks the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will descend on Indiana which is a win for local economies throughout the state,” Braun said. 

Upon passage of the resolution Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIt's not just Manchin: No electoral mandate stalls Democrats' leftist agenda DOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas MORE (D-N.Y.) threw in his own commentary on the popular movie, saying, “And it was a very good film, I must add."

The movie, which stars Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, follows a coach and a notorious town alcoholic as they lead a high school basketball team to the state championship. 

The film and the Knightstown gym have become cultural icons. In 2001, the movie was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, which each year selects 25 films “showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.”