Olympic Gold Medalist Opens TNCC’s Black History Month Celebration

Published: February 1, 2013

Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Black History Month celebration begins Thursday, Feb. 7 with a program featuring Olympic gold medalist Francena McCorory as guest speaker. Themed “Empowerment through Fitness,” the College’s celebration continues Monday, Feb. 11 with an appearance by University of Virginia’s (UVA) head football coach Mike London.

Free and open to the public, both one-hour events take place at 7 p.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall.

McCorory won a gold medal in track at the 2012 Olympic Games as a member of the 4×400-meter team. She qualified for the Olympic team after winning gold in the 2011 World Outdoor Championships final. The Hampton, Virginia native established the American indoor 400-meter record while competing for Hampton University in 2010. The record-setting victory was McCorory’s second straight NCAA title.

London is in his third season as UVA’s head football coach. A native of Hampton, Virginia, he was recognized as ACC Coach of the Year (2011), received the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Grant Teaff Award and was named Bobby Ross Division I Coach of the Year. While head football coach at the University of Richmond, he led the Spiders to a Football Championship Series (FSC) national title and was named FCS National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association and Schutt Sports/ American Football Monthly magazine. His background also includes coaching stints with the National Football League’s Houston Texans, Boston College and William & Mary. In 1983, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent.

For more information about TNCC’s Feb. 7 and Feb. 11 Black History Month events, call the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 825-2725. Throughout February a series of presentations and activities take place on the Hampton campus. Details will soon be available at www.tncc.edu.

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