Press Release for Thursday, January 14, 2010
Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes Speaks at MLK Luncheon
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Three-time Olympian and gold-medal winner Dominique Dawes will be the
featured speaker at the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
Luncheon. She will discuss “Reaching Your Full Potential,” which will include eight principles that helped her become
successful in and out of the athletic arena.
scholarship luncheon, presented by the University
of North Florida’s Intercultural Center
for PEACE, will be held at noon on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the University Center
Banquet Hall on the UNF campus. Doors will open at
Dawes is best known for her success as
an Olympic gymnast who competed in three Olympic Games, won three medals and
has a permanent place in the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame. Fans across the nation remember her as
a member of the gold-medal winning “Magnificent Seven” at the 1996 Atlanta games, where she
also won a bronze medal and became the first African-American gymnast to win an
individual medal. She also earned a bronze medal with the U.S. team in the 1992 Barcelona
games and made a surprising comeback in the 2000 Sydney games.
After retiring from the sport to which
she dedicated 18 years of her life, Dawes has found a new passion empowering
Today, she is an
accomplished motivational speaker, broadcaster, national spokeswoman, Broadway
performer, part-time coach and gymnastics clinician.
Dawes’ message empowers vast audiences from corporate executives
to small business owners, women’s organizations to youth service organizations,
and high school to college-age students; her passion and energy is captivating,
leaving a lasting effect on those she inspires.
Tickets are available online at http://capricorn.anf.unf.edu/unftbo3/shopdisplaycategories.asp
or at the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878. Ticket prices for the
luncheon are $30 for non-students; $1,000 for a Gold-Level Corporate Table,
which includes a table for eight, table signage, preferred seating, recognition
in the program and from the podium during the luncheon; and $500 for
Silver-Level Corporate tables, which includes a table for eight and table
signage. Free tickets will be given to the first 150 UNF students (one per
student with valid UNF ID).
For more information, contact Chris Bender, program assistant for Intercultural Center for PEACE, or an ICP staff member
at (904) 620-2475.