Jennie Runevitch/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis - Bob Knight is returning to Indiana. Not for the Hoosiers, but for high school athletes.
The former Indiana University basketball coach will headline a fundraiser in Indianapolis next month to benefit the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
"It's been a possibility for a few weeks now, but to get everything lined up and to know that he's willing to come back to Indiana and talk to basketball fans is a great thrill," said Hall of Fame Executive Director Chris May. "The timing obviously had to be figured out."
That timing comes less than six weeks after Knight chose to skip his own induction into Indiana University's Athletic Hall of Fame. IU Athletic Director Fred Glass says he's glad Knight will return to the state and understands why the coach agreed to one event and not the other.
"I think they're totally different events, so I don't take it as inconsistent. He didn't want to come to the IU Hall of Fame induction because it was about people in his class and I don't think he wanted to detract from those other people because he thought he would get too much attention," Glass said.
And attention is exactly what the December 17th dinner is all about. Organizers say Bob Knight as a headliner makes it a hot ticket.
"We expect to sell out the facility with little effort, shall I say. I think it's going to be a tremendous draw," May said.
The event will be held at Primo Banquet and Conference Center located at 2615 E National Avenue on the south side of Indianapolis. Doors will open at 5:00 PM for a social hour, a buffet dinner will be served at 6:00, followed by Knight's address to the crowd.
Seats, priced at $50 for adults and $30 for children 12-and-under, are available immediately for Hall of Fame annual members, associate directors, and directors. Tables of eight are also available for $400.
Fans say they ticket price is worth it to hear "The General" talk basketball.
"I'd definitely spend money for a ticket," said Kevin Kreinhagen.
"I'd spend a hundred bucks. I mean it's Bobby Knight! He's an Indiana institution," added Matt Comer.
Reservations will be available to the public beginning on Monday, November 30.
For information or reservations, contact the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame via phone at (765) 529-1891 or email.
Knight was the recipient of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 1982 Silver Medal Award, given for contributions to Indiana high school basketball other than as an Indiana high school coach or player.
Founded in 1962, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, located in New Castle, is the only statewide high school basketball hall of fame and museum in the nation.
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