NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University's Social Work/Sociology Department will host the 12th Annual Edward S. Temple Seminars, honoring the former Tennessee State University three-time USA Olympic Women's Track and Field Coach. The Seminar's theme is "Keeping the Will to Win, Alive", and will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday January 29, 2005 in the Floyd Payne Student Forum (TSU Student Union Building room 210).
The featured speaker is Madeline Manning, TSU alumni and former Tigeberbelle star. Manning was the USA 1968 Olympic 800-Meter Champion. Her 1968 gold medal performance in Mexico City, Mexico saw her break the 800-meter 2:00 mark, and gain her All-World and All-American honors. She won a silver medal in 1972 at Munich, Germany and competed in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. She was ranked No. 2 in the world by Track and Field News in 1967, 1968, 1969, while serving as team captain in 1972, 1976 and 1980.
She held the American Outdoor Track Record for the women's 800-meter run for 15 years; with her fastest time of 1:57.9, as one of the most memorable moments in USA women's track history. Her performance earned her a spot as a 1984 inductee of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, and Olympic Hall of Fames. She was a member of the 1988 Olympic Protestant Chaplain Team in Seoul, Korea and later was a member of the Protestant Chaplaincy representing the continent of North America at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, and in the 2004 Games in Greece.
Manning has been honored with the following titles and selections, North America Athlete of the Year.1967 and 1969: Woman of the Year, 1972: Outstanding Young Woman of America, 1981: and on the National All-time Indoor Track & Field Team, 1975 and 1982. She was also inducted into the Tennessee State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
The Ed Temple Seminar's 10 a.m. session, will include a tribute to the TSU Tigerbelles, for the trail they blazed for women's sports, equal and civil rights. The TSU Invitational Track Banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in the New Auditorium of Elliott Hall (Women's Building 1st floor). The featured speaker will again Manning.
The Tigerbelles under Coach Ed Temple won 30 Olympic Medals, and 98% of his Tigerbelles graduated from Tennessee State University during his 40-year coaching career. He was three-time USA Women's Track & Field Coach, in 1960, 1964, & 1980
All- Metro school track & college track teams & coaches are invited.
The Ed Temple Seminar is open to the public, at no charge.