Hawkeye Hosts U.S. Olympian and 1964 Gold Medalist Billy Mills on November 14

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Monday, October 31, 2016

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College will host U.S. Olympian and 1964 Tokyo Games gold medalist Billy Mills on Monday, November 14, at 12:00 p.m. in Tama Hall on Hawkeye’s Main Campus, 1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo. His presentation, “The Pursuit of Excellence,” is free and open to the public.

Mills is the only American to have won Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters. A member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, he grew up in impoverished circumstances on the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota. Orphaned at the age of 12, he nurtured his talent for running and boxing in his formative years and gained a place at the University of Kansas, where he won numerous cross country races. Graduating with a degree in physical education, he then joined the US Marines as a lieutenant, and qualified for the 10,000 meters and marathon at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

His story and stunning victory in Tokyo have inspired thousands. His story was made into the film, “Running Brave,” in 1983, and in 2012 he received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Barack Obama.

This presentation is held in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month. For more information, contact Hawkeye Student Life at 319-296-4027.