NCAA champion Ryan Boatright to be welcomed home with celebration

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Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright holds the championship trophy after his team beat Kentucky 60-54, at the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game on April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.  |  AP Photo/David J. Phillip

When UConn’s Ryan Boatright comes home to Aurora he’ll be greeted with a celebration at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

Aurora will welcome home its very own NCAA champion Ryan Boatright this Saturday, April 19, with a celebration at the Paramount Theatre.
 
Boatright, an East Aurora High School graduate and a junior at the University of Connecticut, helped lead the UConn Huskies in a 60-54 victory over the University of Kentucky to take home 2014 NCAA championship. Proudly wearing number 11, Boatright is the starting point guard the championship team.
 
The celebration is open to the public, with free admission and first-come, first-served seating. The program begins at 1:11 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.  Boatright will be available for a brief amount of time to take photos at the conclusion of the program.
 
“I am so grateful to everyone for their support. It’s such an honor to be a part of this national championship team,” said Ryan Boatright as he headed to class today at the University of Connecticut. “It means the world to me to be coming home to Aurora as a national champion. This can encourage a lot of kids to pursue their own dreams.”
 
During his high school career at East Aurora High School, Boatright scored 2,289 points, averaging more than 20 points per game. He was named Mr. Basketball of Illinois, the first time any Aurora player had earned the honor.  On Dec. 10, 2010, Boatright scored 63 points to break the school’s 41-year-old single-game scoring record.
 
The event is sponsored by Aurora Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, Alderman-At-Large Richard Irvin, the City of Aurora, East Aurora School District 131, the African American Heritage Advisory Board, Triple Threat Mentoring, the Quad County African-American Chamber of Commerce and Boys II Men.

 

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