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Statement from USATF President and IAAF Council Member Stephanie Hightower on the death of coach Ed Temple


“No individual had a bigger impact on the advancement of African-American women in the sport of track & field than coach Ed Temple. He was not only the greatest athletic coach of his era, he was one of the greatest people. He provided opportunities for women to become the best they could be, in the classroom as well as on the track. Thanks to his efforts, generations of female athletes of color, including myself, saw what was possible. We saw that we could succeed on the track and make an impact off the track on our families, in our communities and for our country. His importance cannot possibly be overstated. All of us in the sport owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Our condolences go to his family, friends and the countless people whose lives he improved.”

Jill Geer
Chief Marketing Officer
USA Track & Field


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