From the Campus to the Olympics: UT Alumni Will Discuss Their Olympic Journeys

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The University of Texas has produced 139 Olympic Athletes, who have earned a total of 117 Olympic medals since 1936. Now those Olympians have returned to the University of Texas to discuss their Olympic journeys.

If there were a sport organization that had produced 139 Olympic athletes, who had earned 117 Olympic medals since 1936, it would be worthwhile to examine what had made that institution so successful in sport. Well, such an institution does exist: The University of Texas.

The University of Texas has left an amazing legacy in the world of sport, and now twenty-one of those Olympians will be returning to their alma matter to discuss their experiences as a part of that legacy. On October 28th and 29th, the university’s Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) is sponsoring this event, which has been titled the “UT Olympian Homecoming.”

This homecoming will be an opportunity for scholars, athletes, staff and media to hear directly from these Olympians about their journey from college athletics to international competition. They will be discussing issues such as the struggle of finding their identities as they transition onto the world stage in sport, how those experiences have shaped other areas of their lives, and how the University of Texas helped to prepare them for their Olympic journeys.

These discussions will be moderated by Olympic commentator Donna de Varona along with author and sport psychologist, Dr. Steven Ungerleider, who is a founding board member of the Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD). The men and women working within GSD are very excited to have Dr. Steven Ungerleider involved in such an important discussion, which will have great significance for future athletes and the world of sport.

The Foundation for Global Sports Development is an international non-profit organization devoted to advancing a global message of anti-doping, fair play and sportsmanship, as well as promoting personal and educational development in youth through sport.
To find out more about GSD visit http://www.GlobalSportsDevelopment.org, or contact them at info(at)globalsportsdevelopment(dot)org.

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