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Enter for a Chance to Meet an NBA Legend on Cisco ūmi!

- June 3, 2011 - 4 Comments

Thanks to our Cisco ūmi community, we’ve been receiving great stories about how people are using ūmi to spend time with friends and family when they can’t be together in person. Some of my favorites are from the NBA at Home with Cisco ūmi video series. We set up NBA players and their family members with ūmi telepresence systems so they can stay connected despite their extremely busy lives. As a Boston native, I am especially excited that two outstanding Celtics’ players, Paul Pierce and legend Bill Russell, are connecting on ūmi.

Here’s the most exciting part. Just like Paul Pierce, we’re giving you the opportunity to talk to NBA legend Bill Russell on ūmi. Visit and “Like” our page on Facebook or the NBA Facebook page June 3 – 19, complete the sweeps entry form, and enter for a chance to win not only a conversation with Bill Russell on Cisco ūmi, but also your own ūmi, plus one year of free service, for you and a friend!*  Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Watch Bill Russell and Paul Pierce talk on ūmi:

Thank you again for your continued support on our online communities. We’re wishing you the best of luck in our sweepstakes!

You can find more details about the sweepstakes, including sweepstakes rules, by visiting the Cisco ūmi Facebook page and the NBA Facebook page.

Incredible Facts about Bill Russell

  • Bill won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics as captain of the U.S. national basketball team.
  • Bill is a five-time winner of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and a twelve-time All-Star.
  • President Barack Obama awarded Bill the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 for his accomplishments in the Civil Rights Movement on and off the court.
  • The NBA Finals MVP trophy is now named the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.
  • Bill was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

* Participants must be age 18 years or older and a legal resident of the fifty United States. They must also have an HDTV with an HDMI port and broadband Internet at home.


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  1. I'm originally from Medford, Massachusetts. My whole entire life, starting at a very early age, have idolized Bill Russell for his championships. But the more I read about him as I grew in age, made me realize that this man had to deal with a time and a place where life wasn't much better for the African American as it was 100 years prior to that. I would be honored beyond words if I could meet a man of his stature, once in my life . Sports have taken a big hit as far as contracts, steroids, and a number of other things. Meeting a childhood hero would be an honor.

    • Brian, it's great to hear about your dedication and love for Bill Russell. It would definitely be a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to meet him. Best of luck in your sweepstakes entry!

  2. This would be really great for my son.

    • Thanks for your comment, Debbie. It's not surprising that so many people are excited about the opportunity to meet Bill on Cisco umi. He is truly a legend. Best of luck in the sweepstakes. And if you haven't already, make sure to join the conversation on