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:email@example.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.