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IT WAS A BIG DAY FOR SPRINGFIELD

BASKETBALL LEGEND HENRY PAYNE.

22NEWS

REPORTER SY BECKER WAS THERE AS

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL

COLLEGE DID PAYNE THE HONOR OF

RETIRING HIS NUMBER TEN DURING A

FORMAL

CEREMONY..

FIVE SECONDS OF UNVEILING THE

NUMBER

SY BECKER;

HENRY PAYNE'S MANY FRIENDS AND

FAMILY MEMBERS CHEERED THEIR

APPROVAL

HONORING THE MAN WHO MADE

BASKETBALL HISTORY AT AIC FROM

1965

THROUGH 1968, AFTER

DISGINUISHING HIMSELF AS A HIGH

SCHOOL GREAT

PLAYING FOR SPRINGFIELD'S HIGH

SCHOOL OF COMMERCE.

MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO PRAISED

PAYNE FOR NOT ACCEPTING A

BASKETBALL

SCHOLARSHIP AT ONE OF THE MANY

LARGE COLLEGES THAT WANTED HIS

SERVICES...

DOMENIC:

HE STARRED HOME TO TAKE CARE OF

HIS MOTHER AND

PLAYED HERE AT AIC HE TOOK THEM

TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THREE

YEARS IN A ROW

SY BECKER:

HENRY PAYNE WAS TRULY HUMBLED BY

THE HONOR AND ATTENTION HE

RECEIVED ON THS SATURDAY

AFTERNOON AT THE BUTOVA

GYMNASIUM. HE TOLD

22NEWS WHAT WAS IN HIS HEART AT

THIS PRECIOUS MOMENT..

HENRY

RIGHT NOW I'M IN AWE BECAUSE I

JUST NEVER

PICFTURED MYSELF HAVING MY

NUMBER RETIRED AT THIS STAGE OF

MY LIFE, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE..;

SY BECKER:

A MAJOR MOMENT IN THE LIFE OF

AIC BASKETBALL GREAT AND ADMIRED

CITIZEN

OF SPRINGFIELD.

A MOMENT SHARED WITH SO MANY

WHO'VE PLAYED IMPORTANT ROLES IN

THE LIFE OF

HENRY PAYNE....IM SPRINGFIELD SY

BECKER 22NEWS

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