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Dr. Evie Dennis wins Olympic Torch Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USATF Hall of Famer and board member Dr. Evie Dennis was named the recipient of the Olympic Torch Awards, the United States Olympic Committee announced Thursday.

The award will be presented at a celebratory dinner during the 2013 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly taking place Oct. 10-11 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The awards gala will conclude the Assembly on the evening of Oct. 11.

The Olympic Torch Award recognizes an individual who has positively impacted the Olympic Movement and has contributed to promoting the Olympic Ideals throughout the United States. Dr. Dennis has distinguished herself through a lifetime of achievement in the areas of education, amateur athletics and the Olympic Movement. In her four decades of service to the USOC and USA Track & Field, Dr. Dennis chaired committees for women and diversity, and also served as a member of the USOC executive committee and National Governing Bodies Council.  In June 1980, she convened the constitutional convention for became The Athletics Congress (later named USATF), and served as TAC's acting president. She was inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame in 1997 as a contributor.

A recipient of the International Olympic Committee’s prestigious Olympic Order, she became the first African-American female to serve as USOC vice president (1981-88) and chef de mission (1983, 1988, 1991). Additionally, she served as second vice president for the Amateur Athletic Union and delegate to the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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