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Weightlifting 1963


The 1963 team won several championships in addition to the National title. They include the following: Louisiana State Championship, Southwest Intercollegiate Championship, Southern AAU championship and a host of invitational contests in Louisiana,Texas,and Arkansas.

The Nationals were held in East Lansing Michigan at the University of Michigan. Other teams competing included The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, L.S.U., Kent State, Notre Dame, Penn State, and many more.

In order for us to attend, we not only had to train and prepare  to compete, we also had to raise the money we needed to get there. Whitey Urban, USL Athletic Director, gave each of us a list of businessmen in town who we had to contact and ask for donations. I have to say they were very much willing to help and that is how we paid for the trip.

The whole experience was very exciting. Many of us had never been on an air plane before. Winning the title just put the experience at another level.

Submitted by Al Chustz, Weightlifting Team Member 1963-66, on March 17, 2018.