The new Miami University Wayne Embry Legacy Statue commemorates Embry’s basketball career and contributions to the University. The statue was designed by Tom Tsuchiya, a nationally renowned athletic sculptor, and sits in front of MU’s basketball arena. Theresa (posthumously) and Wayne Embry, both graduates of MU, were honored with Miami’s “Summer of 1964” award for their lifelong work in civil rights, and there is also a scholarship in their name. Wayne Embry (class of 1958) was one of Miami University’s first African American student athletes, and still ranks among the University’s top 12 all-time career scores more than 40 years later. Learn more about his legacy and how he paved the way for future Black athletes at Miami as well as in the NBA, here.
Funded by private donations, the university engaged Elevar to design the statue base and surrounding plaza. Elevar met the tight schedule and budget and worked with MU, the contractor, and Tsuchiya to resolve construction issues as they arose to ensure the project was ready in time for the unveiling.