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Tommie Smith to speak at Rotary Scholar-Athlete Awards Track star defiantly raised fist on Olympic medal stand

Note to Media: Civil rights pioneer and Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Rotary of Fort Myers South Scholar-Athlete Awards. Smith and track teammate John Carlos made history in 1968 when they raised their fists in protest on the medal stand at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

 

Thirty-six male and female athletes from Lee County high schools will be honored during the awards presentation for their school and community activities as well as their leadership. The recipients of two $5,000 scholarships will also be announced.

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

WHAT: Rotary of Fort Myers South Scholar-Athlete Awards

 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 7-9 p.m.; Interviews with scholar-athletes and Tommie Smith will be available from 4:45-5:45 p.m.

 

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers

WHY: To honor high school student-athletes for their academic and athletic accomplishments

CONTACT: Josh Milton, CONRIC PR & Marketing, 239-690-9840, josh@conricpr.com