Lucas Williamson is proud to lend his voice to “The Loyola Project”


CHICAGO — More often than not, it’s been his defensive and leadership qualities that have helped showcase the best Loyola has offered in basketball over the past five seasons.

Still, Lucas Williamson has found a new way to help the Ramblers basketball program in 2022 in a new way: his voice.

The keeper, who is in his fifth year at the school, is the narrator of “The Loyola Project,” an O’Malley Creadon Productions film that spotlights the Ramblers national champion team in 1963. from playing great basketball and winning Illinois State’s only Division I title, the group helped break down racial barriers and improve equality in college basketball.

Patrick Creadon, one of the film’s directors, approached Williamson to tell it in 2019 and the Guardian was eager to do so.

“He (Creadon) was like, ‘Hey Lucas, you actually have a lot in common with the guys from ’63,'” said Williamson, a graduate of Whitney Young High School. “For example, Jack Egan is from Chicago, I’m from Chicago. Jerry Harkness grew up playing basketball at the YMCA. I grew up playing basketball at the YMCA. Current captain of Loyola.

“It was just like, ‘Do you want to try this storytelling story?, and I said, ‘Sure, why not.'”

So, over the past few years and during the pandemic, Williamson has recorded 15-minute sessions of scripts sent to him by the directors. In the process, he had the chance to learn more about the 1963 team’s impact on college basketball and society, something he mostly didn’t know before arriving on campus. .

“When I got to know the story a bit more in depth, to learn more about the things they had to deal with off the pitch, it made me appreciate where I am today” , Williamson said. “All I have to do is focus on school and basketball, which is a job in itself. But I can’t even imagine having to deal with everything they had to do while they weren’t in the field.

The documentary that Williamson lent his voice to will now give people across the country the chance to learn more about this band, what they’ve been through and what they’ve achieved. In February, there were premieres in downtown Chicago, at Gentile Arena in Rogers Park, and even across the country as the story of the 1963 Ramblers continues to be told.

“It just means a lot to me that people get to know their story and people learn from it,” Williamson said of the family. “That’s basically all you want to do to make a movie like this.”

The Loyola guard spoke more about his involvement in the film with Larry Hawley on WGN News Now this week, and you can catch that interview in the video above.

To find out when and where you can see “The Loyola Project”, click here.

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