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Olympic champion to visit UTTC during student orientation
15 July 2006

BISMARCK, ND - BISMARCK (UTN) - Olympic Champion Billy Mills is scheduled to visit United Tribes Technical College during student orientation week. He is guest speaker for an orientation and wellness event Wednesday, August 16 on the college campus.

Billy Mills
Olympic Champion Billy Mills will visit UTTC August 16.
UTN photo Dennis J. Neumann

      Mills became the first (and only) American to win a gold medal in the 10,000 meter race in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Setting an Olympic record of 28 minutes 24.4 seconds, his accomplishment is one of the most exciting moments in sports and remains a great source of pride to American Indian people.

      Mills is an Oglala Lakota born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He serves as national spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, a project of Christian Relief Services. As such, he travels the country speaking to American Indian youth and families, spreading a message of inspiration and opportunity based on dignity, character and pride.

      Mills' talk is scheduled for about 10:30 a.m. at the finish of a fun and competitive run-walk that ends in Lone Star Arena in the center of campus.

      The fun activity is a 5 K walk and the competitive events are a half-marathon and 10 K run. The competitive events are open to the public at a fee $15. There is no fee for UTTC students and staff members.

      Although pre-registration is encouraged, on-site registration begins at 7 a.m. on August 16. The half-marathon starts at 8 a.m. The 10K run starts at 9 a.m. followed immediately by the 5K walk.

      For more information, contact Daryl Bearstail 701-255-3285 x 1361, (701-426-2424 cell), dbearstail@uttc.edu; Ruth Buffalo x 1357, rbuffalo@uttc.edu; or Dennis Renville x 1374, drenville@uttc.edu.


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