Reunion weekend is here with a great line-up of events celebrating Wardog pride.
MIAMI — The induction of the first members of the Miami Athletics Hall of Fame celebrates a weekend of activities for the third Miami all-school reunion.
Steve and Barbara Owens and Millie George-Gilion will be honored at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon Saturday at the Calcagno Family Ballroom in the Carter Student Union at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
“We are looking forward to a fun weekend celebrating the Wardogs,” said Amanda Davis, executive director of the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, which has spearheaded reunion plans.
“This gives former residents of all ages a chance to come back home and spend time catching up with classmates,” she said.
Reunion activities actually begin Friday night, when alumni will have a chance to get together at various locations.
“American Graffiti” — the 1973 coming-of-age comedy directed and co-written by a then-relatively unknown George Lucas — will be shown at 7 p.m. in the historic Coleman Theatre.
The reunion — first held in 2016 as part of Miami’s 125th anniversary celebration — will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Miami Activity Center at Miami High School.
“The Big Chill,” another classic movie that was made in 1983, will be screened at the Coleman at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Admission for both movies is $5.
“Partnering with Miami Public Schools has been a great addition to the weekend,” Amanda Davis said. “The Hall of Fame luncheon looks to be a great event with a big crowd.”
Steve Owens, the 1969 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Oklahoma, was a 1965 Miami High School graduate.
George-Gilion, a 1981 graduate, was a trendsetter in girls’ athletics at MHS.
“Millie, Steve and Barbara have all just been fantastic through this process,” said Miami Public Schools athletic director Chad Davis, who spearheaded the establishment of the hall of fame. “I think they are more excited about the event than the fact that it is for them.
“The pride and the fact that is just going to bring people back into Miami is what really makes the thing a cool deal.”
“Miami is a special community and it’s important to stop and reflect and spend time with others celebrating what this city means to each of us,” Amanda Davis said. “It’s a great time to be a Miami Wardog.”