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Race and Sports


5:30 pm

Steinberg Hall - Dietrich Hall Room 351
3620 Locust Walk

Join the Center for Africana Studies and the Wharton Sports Business Initiative for a conversation on race, sports and activism featuring:


Preston Brown, Woodrow Wilson High School Football Coach

  • High school football coach who took a knee during the national anthem, inspiring his whole team and coaching staff to do the same
  • Dean of Climate and Culture, Woodrow Wilson High School

John Carlos, US Track & Field, ’68 Olympics

  • Bronze Medalist, 200 meter, ’68 Olympics
  • Accepted his medal wearing no shoes, with a raised fist and bowed head
  • Torch Bearer, Human Rights Torch, 2008
  • Arthur Ashe Award for Courage

Anita DeFrantz, US Rowing Team, ’76 Olympics

  • Bronze Medalist, Women’s Eights, ’76 Olympics
  • President, LA84 Foundation
  • Member, International Olympic Committee
  • Board of Directors, United States Olympic Committee
  • Vice President, FISA (International Rowing Federation)

Sonny Vaccaro, Sports Marketing, Nike, Adidas and Reebok

  • Began the sneaker sponsorship of college basketball programs
  • Signed Michael Jordan to Nike, creating the Air Jordan sneaker line
  • Worked with Ed O’Bannon on O’Bannon v. NCAA, the antitrust class action lawsuit against using student athlete’s likenesses for profit