Olympic gold medalist to speak at Huntington College

FOR RELEASE
2003-01-14
Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College January-Term class, The American Woman in Sport, taught by Dr. Pat Zezula, will have the opportunity to hear Olympic gold medalist Lucinda Adams speak on her experiences at the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. Adams will join the class on Thursday, January 16, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in room 215 of the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation.

Adams was a sprinting star on the U.S. Track and Field team, competing in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 1960 Rome Olympics. Along with sprinting legend Wilma Rudolph, Adams was a member of the 4x100 relay team which won the gold medal in 1960.

The American Woman in Sport has explored how sociological changes have influenced women’s roles in sport and physical education. The students have studied the history of women’s participation in sporting events and contemporary issues in athletics. Various speakers have visited the class including Norma Luker, of Huntington, Ind., who watched the movie A League of Their Own with the class and the then spoke on her experiences playing professional baseball. A panel of coaches spoke on their experiences of coaching women in various sports, and a demonstration was given in two fairly recent events offered to women in track and field – the hammer throw and pole vault.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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