There were over 5,000 people in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center Sunday afternoon, Jan. 19, to witness the rival University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University women’s and men’s basketball teams take to the court.
What sports fans didn’t expect to see was a jaw-dropping halftime show.
Instead of the rather tame fare, such as shooting contests involving fans, in rolled Bruce and Diane Crevier and 11 of their 12 kids. On unicycles.
Ten-foot-high unicycles. At least for the adults; the younger members of the clan rolled in on unicycles that weren’t quite that high.
It was all part of the Creviers’ Champions Forever Spin-tacular Basketball Show that also included juggling and spinning basketballs.
According to their web page, the Creviers have traveled the world and covered 35 countries performing and sharing a message of hope. Bruce Crevier is a four time Guinness World Record holder for basketball spinning and has spun 21 basketballs at one time and holds the record for the longest time of spinning without a break at 22 hours and 12 minutes.
Champions Forever made the finals of “America’s Got Talent” at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2014, and the group entertained the crowd at halftime of Game three of the 2015 NBA Finals and Game six of the 2016 NBA Finals.
Bruce Crevier’s roots are not far from Vermillion. He grew up in Jefferson. His sister, Tanya Crevier, also has a traveling basketball show and is in the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.