Ben Wilson Tribute Introduction:
The year 1984 in Chicago there was a total of 666 man slaughters, and 41,000 aggravated assault
accounts. Ben Wilson became a part of that statistic in November 21, 1984. Today I’m going to tell you
how the death of Ben Wilson affected the south side of Chicago and its citizens, why he was important
to the Chicago community, and the legacy he left behind.
I. Ben Wilson had an affect on Chicago .
A. The day of his funeral over 10,000 people showed up to face their grief.
B. Wilson was Chicago's 669th death that year
Transition 1: Now that I have told you the affect Ben Wilson had on Chicago , I will tell you why he was
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II. Why he was important
A. Rated the best highschool basketball player in his class.
B. Was the only sophomore to make varsity.
Transition 2: After telling you why he was important to Chicago's community, I will begin to tell you
about the legacy he left behind.
III. Ben Wilson's legacy he left behind.
A. Former teammate and former NBA player Nick Anderson would wear Ben’s number 25 on
their back to show respect along with many other Chicago basketball stars.
B .“never take life for granted because you could be here today and gone
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Today I have spoken to you about Ben Wilson’s death and how it affected the south side of Chicago, the
talent he had, and the overall legacy he left behind. Ben has showed that you could make a big
difference in a small amount of time if you just work hard and follow your dreams. The final thought I’m
going to leave you with is what positive effects have you left on somebody lately?
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