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Breaking Barriers: Winter Olympics Reception
February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10
Mingle with Olympians and noted sport professionals to celebrate the opening of the Winter Olympics! Join us in honoring the legacy of athletes who use sports as a platform to speak out against injustice.
- Access to all of The Center’s galleries INCLUDING the traveling exhibit Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change
- Light bites and Access to a cashbar
- Meet and mingle with prominent Olympians such as 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist Dr. Tommie Smith, famous for his Human Rights Salute
- Nicki Collen, Atlanta Dream Head Coach
- Nicki Collen was named head coach of the Atlanta Dream on October 30, 2017.Earning her first head coaching position, Collen came to the Dream after pair of successful seasons as an assistant coach for the Connecticut Sun. Working for 2017 WNBA Coach of the Year Curt Miller, Collen helped the Sun compile an impressive 21-13 record and finished with the fourth-best regular season record in the WNBA, earning the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 2012. Connecticut, who lost former No. 1 pick Chiney Ogwumike to injury prior to the 2017 season, improve on a 14-20 record in 2016.
- Dr. Tommie Smith, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist
- During the 1968 Olympic medal ceremony for the record breaking men’s 200m dash, both 1st place, (gold) and 3rd place (bronze) medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos held up a black-gloved fist during the playing of their home national anthem. A silent gesture in protest of the ongoing civil rights injustices, primarily back home in America. In addition to the iconic gesture made by the two American athletes, was a silent gesture made by the 2nd place (silver) medalist from Australia, Peter Norman. The civil rights struggle in America, after all, was a struggle shared in many other parts of the world.
- Mel Pender, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist
- Mel Pender is an American former athlete, winner of a gold medal in the 4×100 m relay at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He was a member of the Philadelphia Pioneer Track Club where he was coached by Alex Woodley. After his athletics career Pender earned a bronze star in Vietnam and worked as the head track coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
About Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change
This powerful exhibit designed in conjunction with ESPN and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights explores aspects of civil and human rights in sports through stories of athletes past and present. Featured are remarkable leaders such as Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King, Venus Williams, and Jesse Owens, as well as current athletes who are overcoming barriers of race, disabilities, gender and sexual orientation.