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Team USA Track & Field Athletes Celebrate Olympic Day on Thursday

6/4/2013
 
INDIANAPOLIS - Some of USA Track & Field’s brightest stars will speak with 800 young students at Michael Knight Arena on the campus of the University of Oregon on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., as USATF’s Win with Integrity program celebrates Olympic Day.

Scheduled to appear are 2012 Olympic decathlon gold medalist and world record holder Ashton Eaton (Bend, Ore.); 2012 Olympian and defending World Champion in the high jump Jesse Williams (Raleigh, N.C.), 2012 Olympian and co-American record holder in the shot put Jillian Camarena Williams (Phoenix, Ariz.); two-time Olympian Khadevis Robinson (Ft. Worth, Texas) and a host of other Oregon Olympians including Amy Yoder Begley (2008, 10,000m), Bridget Franek (2012, 3,000m Steeplechase), Paula Berry (1992, Javelin), Lisa Kosglow (1998, 2002, snowboarding).

Olympic legend and 1996 decathlon gold medalist Dan O’Brien will serve as host.

USATF’s Win with Integrity program is one of its most successful initiatives placing the heroes of the track & field in front of young people across the country speaking about the benefits of leading a healthy, active lifestyle while making good decisions. 

Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by millions of people in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is not only a celebration, but also an international effort to promote fitness and wellbeing in addition to the Olympic ideals of Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect and Sportsmanship. Over 700 events are scheduled for 2013 all across the country.

Communities across the United States will celebrate Olympic Day through educational programming and other activities throughout the month of June.

A collaborative effort between USATF, the USOC, Tracktown USA and the NCAA, this event features athletes who also serve as coaches at NCAA Division I institutions.  Robinson is an assistant coach at Ohio State where he coaches distance athletes, O’Brien is a volunteer assistant coach at Arizona State, while Camarena Williams is a volunteer assistant at Arizona.  The NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships are being held June 5-8 at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.

What: USA Track & Field’s Win with Integrity program celebrates Olympic Day
Where: Michael Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon
When: June 6, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Who: Ashton Eaton, Jillian Camarena Williams, Jesse Williams, Khadevis Robinson, Amy Yoder Begley, Bridget Franek, Paula Berry, Lisa Kosglow, Dan O’Brien

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States: www.usatf.org.

About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.


Susan Hazzard
Director of Public Relations
USA Track & Field
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