TNCC’s Black History Month Celebration Focuses on Fitness with Olympic Medalists, Renowned Sports Figures as Guests

Published: February 12, 2013

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is observing Black History Month with a series of presentations and activities featuring several Olympic medalists and celebrated professional/college sports personalities including gymnasts Dominique Dawes, Gabrielle Douglas and others.  Themed “Empowerment through Fitness,” the month-long observance began with track star Francena McCorory and University of Virginia Head Football Coach Mike London as guests.

Feb. 21
Guest speaker Wayne Gomes, Former Philadelphia Phillies player & Virginia Baseball Academy owner
7:00 – 8:00 p.m., free and open to the public
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall

Wayne Gomes of Hampton, became a major league baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997. He was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 2001 and played alongside Barry Bonds during Bonds’ record-breaking home run season. In 2002, Gomes signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox. Pitching as a set-up man, he helped guide the Sox to second place in the American League east. Located in Hampton, Gomes’ Virginia Baseball Academy is an 8,330 square-foot facility that provides camps conducted by former major league players.

Feb. 26
Empowerment through Fitness Reception featuring
Olympic gold medalists Dominique Dawes and Gabrielle Douglas
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Espada, Moore Hall
Tickets are $25 per person and are available now at .

Dominique Dawes is the only American gymnast to medal at three different Olympic Games in the team competition and the first African American gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal. The University of Maryland graduate has served as a co-host for Yahoo! News’ Weekend Edition and an Olympic correspondent for FOX Sports. She co-chairs the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Gabrielle Douglas, a native of Virginia Beach, is the first African American to win a gold medal in the Olympic Individual All-Around in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. She also won a team gold medal, establishing herself as the first American gymnast to win both the all-around individual and team gold in the same Olympic Games.

“ENVISION – Reaching Your Full Potential” with Dominique Dawes
Introduction: Natalie Hawkins, mother of Gabrielle Douglas
Closing remarks: Gabrielle Douglas
7:00 p.m., free and open to the public
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall

For more information about the upcoming Black History Month events, call 757-825-3554.

The month-long celebration was coordinated by TNCC’s Black History Month Committee.

The Feb. 26 events are sponsored in part by the TNCC Educational Foundation, Inc. and Lumber Liquidators.

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