Gold Medalist Billy Mills to Launch
American Indian Celebration
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Weasler Auditorium, Marquette campus
Billy Mills, winner of the gold medal in the 10,000-meter
run at the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo, will deliver the keynote
address Wednesday, Oct. 26, to begin Marquette's American
Indian Celebration. The celebration will feature events on
campus from Monday, Oct. 24 to Monday, Nov. 21.
Mills, whose stunning come-from-behind finish topped the world's
best runners of the time, is the only American ever to win
the 10,000-meter Olympic event. A member of the Lakota (Sioux)
born on the reservation in Pine Ridge, S.D., he fought prejudice,
jealousy and scorn to become one of the country's best distance
runners. After attending the University of Kansas and serving
in the Marine Corps, he is now an entrepreneur and community
leader and an active fund-raiser with his charity, Running
Strong for American Indian Youth. Additionally, he is a national
spokesperson for Christian Relief Services.
Mills has been profiled by Tom Brokaw and HBO Real Sports
with Bryant Gumble. In 1983, his story was made into
a feature film called Running Brave with Robby Benson
starring as Mills. The film follows Mills from childhood through
college, ending with his 1964 victory at Tokyo. He also co-authored
a book with best-selling author Nicholas Sparks called Wokini,
A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding.
Media are encouraged to attend the event. Mills is
available for interviews. Please call Anne Broeker in the
Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-0286 to
Office of Marketing and Communication Contacts
Senior Media Relations Specialist
Phone: (414) 288-0286