September 1, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Wooden is celebrating his 99th birthday.
The former UCLA coach and Hall of Famer reached the landmark on
Wednesday. He is confined to a wheelchair after a series of minor
health setbacks in recent years.
One of Wooden's last public appearances came in July when he
gathered with current Bruins coach Ben Howland and several of his
former players at a luncheon celebrating Wooden's recognition by a
national magazine as the greatest coach in American sports history.
Wooden, whose wife Nell died in 1985, is looked after by his daughter, son, several grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He won a record 10 national championships at UCLA, including seven in a row.