Heâ??s been a fixture at Syracuse University football and basketball games for 66 years. You've probably seen him sitting courtside near the visitorâ??s bench, wearing an orange blazer, assisting the media and opposing coaches. But he has been absent from his post for most of this season, and Orange fans have started to take notice.
Harry Tzivani started with SU in 1947, and has been with the schoolâ??s basketball team when they played at the Armory, the Fairgrounds, Manley Field House and the Carrier Dome.
"That's what I enjoy. The people that are so good - it's been great being a part of that," said Tzivani from his home in DeWitt Wednesday morning.
For his first 60 years with the school, Harry had only missed one home basketball game. But the 89-year-old cancer survivor has had to watch the Orange on television this season while he recovers from pneumonia.
"I had to get back on my feet again, and continue to do what I do," said Harry.
Harry started with SU after serving in World War II. He received the Bronze Star after he was injured in Saigon. Since then, he has provided help and guidance to countless SU athletes, coaches and fans.
"It's been phenomenal to be that long with a program,â?? said Harry.
This past fall, Syracuse University Athletics honored Harry as a hometown hero during halftime of the Syracuse-Pittsburgh football game on November 23rd.
Harry says "If they need me, I want to be there. I'm thankful for the university to allow me to do what I've been doing."
Harry is feeling better, and is looking forward to coming back to the Carrier Dome this season. He appreciates all the love and get-well wishes he has received from Syracuse fans.
"Oh, I'll be up there. I'll pick a game and come on up."
He has his famous orange blazer ready to go. Originally produced for SU athletes, it is now one of a kind. Unforgettable, just like its owner.