Willie Cager, an American Basketball player, was a member of the 1966 Texas Western College (now UTEP) basketball team that won the 1966 National Championship. Texas Western started an all-black starting lineup, against the all-white University of Kentucky.
A skilled low-post player, Willie Cager scored eight points and grabbed six boards in the championship game against Kentucky.
Cager has made his home in
El Paso, dedicating his life to educating children. He is the coordinator of the Ysleta Independent School District's After School Basketball Program.
He has launched the Willie Cager Foundation to raise money to build his dream of several multi-purpose athletic and academic complexes for El Paso's youngsters.
Cager had two sons and one daughter.
The story of Bobby Willie Cager and the 1966 Texas Western national championship has been immortalized in the film Glory Road, which was released in the U.S. in January, 2006, forty years after the "fabulous five" forever altered the landscape of college basketball. He was portrayed by
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