Team Temple Race Day Rescheduled, Nashville plans 2010 event to honor Ed Temple
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Nashville plans 2010 track event to honor Ed Temple
By Bryan Mullen • THE TENNESSEAN
 
Mention anything about women's track and field and Ed Temple's face lights up. On Wednesday, it's safe to say the legendary former Tennessee State coach was overflowing with emotion.
 
That's because city and local business leaders announced the Inaugural Team Temple Race Day will take place at the Ed Temple Track at TSU on Memorial Day of 2010.

The event will feature elite international female sprinters from the USA Track & Field High Performance Division in multiple races, including the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x1000-meter relay.

"It's just a great thrill to be a part of this function," Temple, 81, said. "I'm just happy that I'm around to see all these great athletes come in there. I'll be supporting them 100 percent."

Temple coached and taught at TSU for 44 years and led the legendary Tigerbelles to 34 national titles. He also coached the women's track and field team in two Olympic Games (Rome in 1960 and Tokyo in 1964). His TSU athletes won 23 Olympic medals — including 13 gold.

Christie Hauck, owner of Christie Cookies and organizer of the event, and Mayor Karl Dean were on hand for the announcement. The event is intended to honor Temple, his accomplishments and the decades of service he's provided to the Nashville area.

"He is an international living legend and really one of the great citizens of Nashville," Dean said.

Also announced was a gala honoring Temple on Tuesday, May 26 at the LP Field Stadium Club at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets at www.coachtemple.com. Proceeds from the gala will be donated to New Hope Academy in Franklin on behalf of the Ed Temple Foundation.