Press Release for Monday, December 3, 2007

World Champion Goes for the Gold with Healthy Living

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida’s “Us” Women and Girls Health Initiative will feature Olympic and World Champion gymnast Shannon Miller at its annual educational luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at the Prime Osborne Convention Center. Miller, the most decorated gymnast in history, will discuss “Healthy Living: Go for the Gold.”

Check-in and registration begins at 10:45 a.m. Tickets are $50 per person ($25 tax deductible) or $500 for sponsored tables of 10 ($250 tax deductible). Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. Tickets can be purchased by calling (904) 620-2810 or online at www.unf.edu/brooks/Us/indexus.htm. Individuals can join the “Us” Women and Girls Health Initiative at a special price of $40 with the purchase of a $50 ticket.

Miller, who recently wed Jacksonville native John Falconetti, has won more Olympic and World Championship medals than any other American gymnast. She has earned seven Olympic medals and nine World Championship medals since her Elite International debut in 1990. She is now a member of five Halls of Fame, including the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

A recent graduate of Boston College Law School, Miller contributes her time to numerous charities, and in 2007, founded The Shannon Miller Foundation, dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. Locally, she has been visiting schools and gymnastics clubs, talking to kids about setting goals, never setting limits on oneself and having a passion for what they do.

In addition, Miller has been appointed co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness by Gov. Charlie Crist. She continues to provide opportunities for youth who want to be active and just opened a summer gymnastics camp, Summer Gold, in Houston, Texas, that provides gymnastics, cheerleading, soccer and lacrosse for kids across the country.

Miller stays involved with her sport by hosting her own weekly gymnastics show, “Gymnastics 360° with Shannon Miller” on CN8, The Comcast Network. In addition to hosting, she is an analyst for both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics for NCAA events as well as National and International Elite competitions. Miller served as a commentator for NBC’s HDTV coverage of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and provided commentary and detailed analysis on “The News with Brian Williams” during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, for MSNBC.

She now speaks professionally on the topics of “Healthy Living: Everything in Moderation” and “Determination, Conquering Fear and Never Settling for ‘Business as Usual.’” Miller has helped people of all ages, in all walks of life; understand the secret to making their dreams come true.

The purpose of UNF’s “Us” Women and Girls Health Initiative is to support the programs of UNF’s Brooks College of Health and to provide targeted women and girls health education to the greater Jacksonville community. The “Us” Women and Girls Health Initiative aims to motivate, educate and engage individuals in the strengthening and delivery of excellence in women’s and girls’ health care.


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