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NIT Title is a Dream Come True

There are few things more magical for the Horned Frog family than when we celebrate spectacular moments together.

NIT Title is a Dream Come True

There are few things more magical for the Horned Frog family than when we celebrate spectacular moments together.

TCU art, Victor Boschini, great Chancellor's message
Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.

And the TCU men’s basketball team recently gave us one such unforgettable moment when the players delivered a soaring victory in Madison Square Garden, claiming the National Invitation Tournament championship.

What a thrilling journey this program has taken us on, attracting a legion of supporters, including the newly nicknamed “Frog Army” and the city of Fort Worth.

While this rush of success for the men’s basketball program seems shiny and new, it’s important to acknowledge that it didn’t happen overnight. It took the vision and generosity of planners and donors to create Schollmaier Arena, our beautiful campus landmark. And, welcoming home a favorite son of the program, Coach Jamie Dixon ’87, was a wonderful turning point of promise that fulfilled a sweet circle of victory.

With a reimagined facility, a coaching staff committed to building its program and the daily support of inspiring faculty, the young men of TCU basketball have delivered on a dream. This dream goes beyond winning a title — and this is what makes me the proudest and most grateful.

Post-game, TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. hugs a TCU basketball player in celebration of the team’s NIT victory. Photo by Glen E. Ellman.

No one can easily forget the nationally televised image of senior guard Brandon Parrish’s tear-stained face just after the NIT win. Days later, Parrish humbly posted on social media that this national title was “for the rhinos.” His global experiences as a combined science major at TCU have shaped his life’s goals and sense of purpose as a leader in the world, a reminder of the importance of TCU’s work as a university committed to the power of personal potential for the greater good.

Our university has been designed for everyone’s dream. That’s the promise behind the vision. No doubt the future will include many more winning sports moments to bring us together as one Frog family, but there will be countless personal victories that people will humbly accomplish as a result of their time at TCU.

That marvelous second when the final buzzer sounded in midtown Manhattan was a memorable occasion. Here’s to the excitement in watching that moment —  and the quieter victories Horned Frogs achieve each day — and knowing it is part of an enduring legacy.

Go Frogs!

Victor J. Boschini, Jr.