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TAI BABILONIA
 

2nd year in RSG!
RSG! School: Patrick Henry Middle School

Country: USA
Sport: Figure Skating
Olympic Games: Innsbruck 1976, Lake Placid 1980

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Tai Babilonia remembers vividly that day when she first watched figure skating on television and became instantly intrigued with the sport and art of figure skating.  It was Peggy Fleming, the 1968 Olympic champion. The beauty that Peggy exhibited mesmerized Tai, and from that point forward, Tai knew that she would grow to feel that the ice was her home.

After learning to skate from her first coach, Mabel Fairbanks, she was paired with Randy Gardner and was placed under the instruction of legendary coach John Nicks. While rising to the top of U.S. pair skating, along the way Tai and Randy earned a spot on the U.S. 1976 Winter Olympic Team, where they placed 5th.  But, even greater success was in their future.  They went on to win five consecutive National titles (1975-1980). They also earned six consecutive trips to the World Figure Skating Championships.

 

At the 1979 World Championships held in Vienna, Austria, Tai and Randy won the title, and became the first American pair team to win gold in 29 years, a feat that has not been repeated by an American pair team to this day. This accomplishment catapulted Tai and Randy into the legendary echelons of U.S. skating history. Their world title positioned Tai and Randy as favorites heading into the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, NY.

But, their lifelong goals of Olympic glory would be cut short, due to an unfortunate injury to Randy, and they were forced to withdraw just as the pairs competition began.

As Tai and Randy’s amateur career came to a close, they were only beginning a illustrious professional career, highlighted by signing as headliners with Ice Capades, Tour of Champions, and other touring companies.  Additionally, Tai and Randy were frequent competitors on the professional competitions, including the World Professional Figure Skating Championships, the Challenge of Champions, and many others. She has performed in some of the most prestigious venues around the world – Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City, Kennedy Center, Wembley Arena, the Universal Amphitheater, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and in special appearances for Queen Elizabeth II, and at the White House for Presidents Carter, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.

Away from the ice, Tai’s story has been one that has intrigued the American public for decades, and her life was chronicled in the television special, “On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story.” She also has co-authored a book with Randy Gardner titled, “Forever Two As One.”

She has appeared in other TV specials such as “Skating With Celebrities,” and is currently co-host of the television talk show “Ken Boxer Live,” (www.kenboxerlive.com) which originates from Santa Barbara, California.

However, Tai’s proudest achievement is her role as mom to her son Scout.

In 2015, Randy Gardner launched his autobiographical show “Go Figure,” which chronicles his public and private life, and Tai couldn’t be more proud of his courage, honesty and humor.

While forever known as one of America’s all-time great pair skating teams, Tai and Randy’s 50-year partnership has endured the status of true icons both on and off the ice.

 

ROBERTA BELLE

10th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Emerson Community Charter School

Country: USA
Sport: Track & Field
Olympic Games: 1980 (boycott), Los Angeles 1984

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
College: Morgan State University

Roberta was a late starter in her sport and did not begin running track until her senior year in high school.  She went on to run for Morgan State University in Baltimore, where she and her team members broke all the school records in the 400 meters and the relays.  In 1985, Roberta was inducted into Morgan State’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and loves teaching children new things to learn.

Roberta was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Track and Field teams.  In 1980, the U.S. boycotted the Olympic Games so Roberta and her fellow Olympians had other arrangements (two weeks at the White House with President Jimmy Carter). In 1983, Roberta moved to Los Angeles to train in warmer weather. That year, she became a member of the first World Championship Team and also competed on other international teams around the world. In the 1984 Olympics, Roberta was a member of the 4×400 meter relay team.

Because of her Olympian experience, she makes presentations on “running relays and setting goals.”  She is still involved with her sport, coaches occasionally, and keeps in touch with her international colleagues.

 

DAIN BLANTON

4th year in RSG!
RSG! School: ICEF View Park Middle School

Country: USA
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Olympic Games: Sydney 2000 (1 gold), Athens 2004

Hometown: Laguna Beach, California
College: Pepperdine University

Dain Blanton is an American beach volleyball player who won the 2000 Olympic gold medal for the USA in beach volleyball in Sydney, Australia. He returned to the Games in Athens in 2004, becoming the first U.S. male to compete in two different Olympics in the sport of beach volleyball. In 1997, Dain became the first-ever African-American to win a major beach volleyball title when he won the Hermosa Beach Grand Slam.

He is also one of the only players in the history of volleyball to win a championship at every level of the game (collegiate, professional, Olympics). Dain attended Pepperdine University, where he won the 1992 volleyball national championship and also earned his degree in Public Relations, as well as a teaching credential in Physical Education.

Dain is currently a sports broadcaster who has covered multiple sports for NBC, Fox Sports, ESPN and CBS Sports, among others. He is also an assistant coach for the USC beach volleyball team and a motivational speaker to youths across the country.

 

NICOLE BRANAGH

3rd year in RSG!
RSG! School: Denker Avenue Elementary School

Country: USA
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Olympic Games: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008

Hometown: San Leandro, California
College: University of Minnesota

Nicole Branagh is an American volleyball player. She played internationally for the U.S. National team in indoor play and is currently playing beach volleyball professionally.

Olympian Branagh played collegiately at the University of Minnesota. She was twice named to the All-America Second Team as an outside hitter. She also was the Big Ten’s co-Player of the Year in her senior season.

Following graduation, she played for the U.S. National team from 2001 to 2003, finishing her national career after the 2003 Pan American Games, where she won a bronze medal and was the top scorer.

After spending a season as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, Branagh joined the AVP tour. She has had good success on the AVP tour: she was named the AVP Rookie of the Year in 2005 and its Most Improved Player in 2006 and 2008.

She partnered with Olympian Holly McPeak for much of the 2006 season before partnering with Elaine Youngs, McPeak’s partner in the 2004 Summer Olympics, for the remainder of the 2006 season and the 2007 season. She competed with Youngs at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

 

DAVID BRINTON

11th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Darby Elementary & Hooper Elementary & Calabash Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Cycling
Olympic Games: Seoul 1988

Hometown: North Hollywood, California

At age nine, David was watching the 1976 Olympic Games and dreamed of becoming an Olympian.  He began his journey as a bicycle motocross racer.  Over the next four years he earned more than 100 trophies and toured Southern California on a bicycle motocross stunt/freestyle team.

At 14, he began cycling, and during his first year he won both the Road and Track National Championships.  The following year he was invited to live and train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Brinton ultimately competed in seven World Championships, won gold and silver medals at the Pan American Games, set four national records and competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

Following his cycling career, David became a Hollywood stuntman and can be seen jumping cars, crashing his bicycle and doing other stunts in more than 120 movies, TV shows and commercials.

Not long ago he once again began competing internationally and has earned four Master World Track Championship titles and set three Master world records between 2013-2015.  Today, David is still competing and is a successful cycling coach and public speaker.

 

REY BROWN

11th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Roosevelt High School & Normandie Avenue Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: High Jump
Olympic Games: Mexico City 1968

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Reynaldo Brown is a native of Los Angeles. He attended Compton High School and then went on to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in Communications. He and his wife Carol have four children and seven grandchildren.

Brown was the first high schooler to jump seven feet. At the age of 17 and as a junior in high school, he competed in the 1968 Olympic Games, held in Mexico City. He was the youngest member of the men’s team. Then Reynaldo returned to participate as an alternate in the 1972 Olympic Games, held in Munich, Germany. He also competed in the 1971 Pan American Games. He set the small college record with a height of 7’4” in 1973.

Rey dominated the American collegiate high jump scene in the early 70s. During this time he was also ranked No. 2 in the world.

Brown accomplished something that many Division II athletes could only dream of — he competed in the Olympics not once, but twice. He competed in the NCAA Championships four times. And possibly the most remarkable note is that Reynaldo won the high jump in the NCAA Division II Championships in 1971 and 1973, and later went on to win the Division I Championships in each of those same seasons (at the time, Division II champs were allowed to compete in the higher division).

Other accolades for the Los Angeles native included All-League, All-Conference, All-American Honors and a Collegiate Athlete of the Year award. He was also a member of the President’s Physical Fitness Program.

Rey is involved in the following community activities: Southern California Olympians; Amateur Athletic Foundation’ Motivational Speaker for Learn and Play Olympic Sports Program; Annual volunteer with the Derrick Martin Basketball Camp; former volunteer with the 1984 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Committees; Hughes Aircraft Motivational Speaker; Arco Jesse Owens Track and Field and Special Olympic Programs; Boy Scouts of America; Los Angeles County Probation Department; Pee Wee Coach for the Rialto Community Center.

 

Brown currently volunteers with PALS (Police Activities League) of Rialto, is a volunteer track and field coach with Eisenhower High School in Rialto and also with Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands.

Rey continues to work on his computer repair and networking careers and on the setup of his foundation, focusing on the Inland Empire and Las Vegas areas.

 
 

CANDACE CABLE

4th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Arroyo Seco Museum Magnet

Country: USA
Sport: Wheelchair Racing, Alpine & Cross Country Ski Racing
Paralympic Games: 1980, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2006

Hometown: West Covina, California
College: Long Beach State

Disaster invaded Candace Cable’s life in 1975 when she suffered a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident. At the age of 21, she would never walk again. However, out of this tragic circumstance emerged a woman with the character and will to become one of today’s most successful world athletes.


Candace Cable has been ranked number one nationally in wheelchair racing competition from 1984 to 1990. Furthermore, internationally, she has won 75 marathons, including six Boston Marathons (1981, ’82, ’85, ’86, ’87, & ’88) and has set world records in every distance throughout her 21-year career.

Winning two Olympic medals in three Summer Olympic Games, Candace participated in the only exhibition event for the disabled. Additionally, she has won nine Gold medals in five Summer Paralympic Games.

Since 1990, Candace has been competing on the United States Disabled Ski Team, winning three Paralympic medals on the Alpine team. In 1994, she switched to the Cross Country Team, and is currently on the “A” team.

Showing “limitation” as a state of mind, Candace has spoken all over the country about the celebration human spirit strength. Using examples from her own life, she demonstrates how both able-bodied and disabled individuals face similar struggles to realize their fullest potential. She focuses on: re-evaluating our lives constantly, not setting limits on ourselves, keeping a sense of humor, staying physically fit to be mentally fit, and taking complete responsibility for our lives. From dispelling the myth that if you have a physical disability you cannot be a whole person, to finding solutions to life’s problems through creativity and imagination, Candace can help you see “disability” is only a word.

Candace’s workshops and presentations can help educators and students understand people with physical disabilities. Allowing the disabled to live the fullest life possible, they will learn how to more effectively work with the disabled to help them achieve independence, expand their abilities, and develop strong self-esteem. Accessibility in the classrooms, playgrounds and throughout the facility is an important aspect for all and she can further assess the feasibility of solutions.

ROSALYN CLARK

11th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Trinity Elementary & KIPP Sol Academy

Country: USA
Sport: Track & Field
Olympic Games: Montreal 1976 (1 silver)

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
College: California State University of Los Angeles

Rosalyn began her running career to escape the drugs, gangs and violence that she was exposed to in her Chicago neighborhood.

She knew she was fast when she challenged the boys on her block to a race and beat them all. Rosalyn was offered many scholarships, but she decided to head to California because she knew she would get the best coaching and competition there.

Clark made the 1976 Olympic Team, where she won a silver medal in the 1600-meter relay team and held the American record in the 400-meter dash for eight years.  Ros is the only woman to win the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters dashes in the NCAA Championships.  She also won the gold medal at the World University Games in 1977 and held five indoor world records at one time.

Rosalyn was inducted into the Hall of Fame at California State University, Los Angeles in 1985.  

Clark is now a Los Angeles police officer and a physical fitness/self defense instructor at the Los Angeles Police Academy.

Ros holds a Masters degree in Recreation/Physical Education and she says that her biggest accomplishments have been working with youth, training LAPD recruit officers, and coaching her daughter Breanna to run track and watching her become more independent as an athlete and a women. Her coaching expertise paid off in the Summer of 2016 when Breanna won a gold medal in the 400m race at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Ros lost my husband of 30 years, Gary, in December 2017, and now she and her family are learning to live without him and move forward in a positive way.

She recently celebrated her 30-year anniversary as a Police Officer, and is currently working as a Recruiter, bringing new recruits to the Police Department.

 

BREANNA CLARK

2nd year in RSG!
RSG! School: KIPP Sol Academy

Country: USA
Sport: Track & Field
Paralympic Games: 2016

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
College: Pasadena City College

Despite being diagnosed with autism at an early age, Breanna has achieved great things both on and off the track.

Representing Team USA at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she won the gold medal in the 400m dash, and then duplicated the feat at the 2017 World Championships in London, where she broke the world record by clocking in with a time of 56:33.

Breanna seemed destined to become an elite runner.  Her mother Rosalyn once held the American record in the 400m and she won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a member of the 4x400m relay.

Exactly 40 years after Ros won her Olympic silver medal, Breanna took home gold in Rio.

Breanna graduated with honors from Dorsey High School in 2012.  In her senior year, she was awarded a trophy for Athletic Excellence.

She went to Pasadena City College, where she continued her running career, often competing against – and beating – non-disabled athletes.  She won the Conference Championships, the Mt. SAC Relays and the California Championships, among other races.

Ros acts as both trainer and coach for Breanna, and the mother-daughter duo are prepping for the 2020 Paralympic Games.

 

In 2018, Breanna won the Paralympic National Championships in Tempe, Arizona, and also broke her own world record.  She is the current world record holder in the 400 Meters,T-20 at 55.99.

Breanna is now working with Giant Steps, an organization that sets individuals with challenges up with employment.  She is also very excited about training for the upcoming 2019 World Championships in Dubai, and looks forward to defending her title.

At age 23, she is the youngest member of the RSG! team.  Breanna is assigned to KIPP Academy as the RSG! Paralympian, and enjoys working with the children and teaching them about making healthy life choices.

 

TASHA DANVERS

5th year in RSG!
RSG! School: 49th Street Elementary & Elizabeth Learning Center & KIPP Scholar Academy & ICEF Innovation

Country: Great Britain
Sport: Track & Field
Olympic Games: Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 (1 bronze)

Hometown: London, England
College: USC

Tasha was born in London, England.

She attended college at USC and won the NCAA Championships in 2000. She raced in the 400-meter hurdles and also on the relay team.

In 2000, she made her first Olympic team and represented Great Britain at the Sydney Olympics. In 2008, she made the Olympic team for a second time and won a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles.

Tasha has a particular love for youngsters and uses her success to inspire them to succeed and have fun doing it.

 

CHRIS DUPLANTY

6th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Harbor City Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Water Polo
Olympic Games: Seoul 1988 (1 silver), Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
College: UC Irvine

With over two decades of experience, Duplanty had a long athletic career at the highest level, culminating with his participation in the Olympic Games. A three-time Olympian in the sport of water polo, he competed in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, earning a silver medal in 1988 and leading Team USA (as captain of the team)  at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  In addition, Duplanty returned to his fourth Olympic Games in 2000 as an assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s water polo team, which won the silver medal in Sydney.

Growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, sports were a constant in Chris’ life.  At Punahou School, he was a state champion and All-American in two sports, water polo and swimming.

Following high school, he continued to achieve both conference and national recognition while competing in both swimming and water polo at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).  In addition to achieving All-Conference, All-American and Scholar-Athlete honors, Chris – along with his teammates – led the UCI water polo team to a NCAA Division I National Championship.

In recognition of his many accomplishments, Duplanty has been inducted into five different Halls of Fame: the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame; University of California, Irvine Athletic Hall of Fame; Punahou School Athletic Hall of Fame; Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame; and the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame.

After completing his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, Chris received a M.B.A after attending the UCI Paul Merage Graduate School of Management.

Chris has been featured in regional and national publications, including Sports Illustrated, LIFE Magazine and USA Today.

Today, he continues to remain passionate about the pursuit of excellence and, in the Olympic spirit, enjoys helping others realize their own potential.

 

JOY FAWCETT

3rd year in RSG!
RSG! School: Harbor City Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Soccer
Olympic Games: Atlanta 1996 (1 gold), Sydney 2000 (1 silver), Athens 2004 (1 gold)

Hometown: Inglewood, California
College: University of California, Berkeley

Joy is a three-time Olympian competing in women’s soccer. In the 1996 Atlanta Games, she won a gold medal. In 2000, the team won a silver medal in Sydney, Australia. Then in the final game of her career, the team took the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

In total, Joy played with the U.S. Women’s National team for 18 years, appearing in 239 games. And she still holds the record for most goals scored by a defender. In addition to participating three Olympics, Joy also played in the Women’s World Cup four times, winning gold in 1991 and 1999.

In addition to her illustrious playing career, Joy is also an accomplished coach. She served as the first-ever head coach of women’s soccer at UCLA from 1993-97, compiling a 65-24-7 record and winning the Pac-10 title and Pac-10 Coach of the Year in her final season. Joy is the current assistant coach for the United States Deaf Women’s National Soccer Team.

In between playing and coaching, Joy also managed to have three children. Joy was one of the first Olympic athletes to win an Olympic gold medal after having a child and probably the only Olympic athlete to win a gold medal after having three children. 

Joy attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a 3-time All-American. She was also the US Soccer Player of the Year in 1987. In 2009, Joy was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Today, in addition to her work with the US Deaf Women’s National Soccer Team, Joy works with Pure Game, a nonprofit organization that provides mentors “Field Champions” to help children develop character through experiential learning. Pure Game’s character education curriculum is facilitated through the game of soccer for kids at schools.

 

BARBARA FERRELL EDMONSON

7th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Pacific Boulevard Elementary & Southeast Middle & Carson High

Country: USA
Sport: Track & Field
Olympic Games: Mexico City 1968 (1 gold, 1 silver), Munich 1972

Hometown: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
College: California State University of Los Angeles

Barbara is a two-time Olympian, representing the United States at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and 1972 Games in Munich. She was a member of the gold medal-winning 4x100m relay team and also won the 100m silver medal at the 1968 Olympics. Barbara is a member of the U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame (1968 inductee). She is also a former world-record holder in the 50m, 100m, 200m, and 300m indoors, a 1967 Pan American Games gold medalist in the 100m and a three-time U.S. National Champion.

From 1991-99, Barbara was USC’s women’s track and field head coach.  In 1996, she helped lead the Trojans to their first Pac-10 championship and became one of the few female coaches to handle both the men’s and women’s sprinters at a major Division I program.

She graduated with a Bachelors Degree and her teaching credentials from California State University, Los Angeles.  She is the wife of former UCLA sprint great Warren Edmonson, a 1972 NCAA 100m champion.  The couple have two daughters who graduated from USC and won titles on the track team as All-Americans.

Ferrell, also known as “Coach E,” is the former head track and field coach at San Marino High School.

LINYAO (LEO) GUO

2nd year in RSG!
RSG! School: Castelar Elementary

Country: China
Sport: Gymnastics
Olympic Games: Barcelona 1992 (1 silver, 1 bronze)

Hometown: China
College: Beijing Sports College


Ever since he was two-years-old, Leo has had gymnastics as a part of his life.  He came from a family of excellent gymnasts.  Both his parents were national champions in their era.  His two older brothers and one older sister were also National Team members and competed in the Olympics and international championships.  Similarly to his three older siblings, he slowly learned the basics of gymnastics until he was eight, which was when he officially began his training.  

In 1992, he won an Olympic silver and bronze medal at the Barcelona Games.  He has received medals in other numerous international events and even claimed the title of world champion in 1994.

He attended Beijing Sports College, where he became the assistant head coach for his college gymnastics program.  During the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he was part of the Organizing Committee as a technical operations manager.  

To continue his love of gymnastics, Leo currently serves as the head  women’s artistic coach at World Elite Gymnastics in Ontario, Calif.

 

 

ALLEN JAMES

2nd year in RSG!
RSG! School: Rancho Dominguez Prepatory

Country: USA
Sport: Track & Field
Olympic Games: Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996

Hometown: Seattle, Washington
College: Western Washington University
Current Residence: Torrance, California

Allen James is a two-time Olympian in the race walk. He was the most dominant United States walker in the mid-1990’s setting five US records and winning every major US Championship multiple times. He competed in the 20km Walk in the Barcelona Games (30thplace) and the 50km Walk in the Atlanta Games (24thplace).

Prior to discovering the relatively unknown event of walking, which was first contested in the Olympics in 1908, Allen was a middle distance runner. As the youngest of five, he was part of a family that was inspired to take up running after meeting Pat Tyson (legendary high school coach, currently coaching at Gonzaga) and his college roommate, the late and legendary Steve Prefontaine.  “Pre” gave his single mother a pair of running shoes that looked like they came off a waffle iron and had a “Swoosh” on them.  Allen soon thereafter joined a track club and the family opened a store dedicated to running six months after Pre’s untimely death.

Once on the track, Allen began to excel in the 800m and mile runs.  At a particular track meet with team scoring, Allen’s coach asked him to do the 800m walk after successfully winning the mile run.  “We need more points!”  If he recalls correctly, they won the meet that day and the walk became part of his regular repertoire.  Allen was invited to a few camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and was inspired by others like Olympic champion Ernesto Canto (gold medalist in 1984).

James made his first Olympic team while training in Orange County. He returned to Southern California in 2016 after living in Georgia (5 years) and upstate New York (18 years).  

He has continued to stay active in his sport, mostly for general life fitness.  However, after many years of being in excellent condition, James has decided to actually train to start racing again.  As he will be competing within his age-group, he’ll likely place well in the open category as well.  We look forward to hearing about his successes.


JENNY JOHNSON JORDAN

7th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Olive Vista Middle School

Country: USA
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Olympic Games: Sydney 2000

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
College: UCLA

Jenny was a professional beach volleyball player for 14 years with teammate Annett Davis.  Together, they won the silver medal at the 1999 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Marseille, France.

Jenny earned a scholarship from UCLA in 1991 and played volleyball for them until 1995.  She helped the Bruins win an NCAA championship in ’91; they also played in two finals (’92 and ’94).

During her last two years at UCLA, Jenny was team captain and received Pac-10 honors.  In 1995, Jenny received the All-American award at UCLA.

Jenny is married to Kevin Jordan, a former UCLA wide receiver, and they have two children. Jenny is the daughter of the 1960 Olympic decathlon champion Rafer Johnson and the niece of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson.

Johnson Jordan is currently a girls’ varsity volleyball assistant coach at the Windward School in Los Angeles.

In 2018, she was inducted into the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame.


 

DAVID KIMES

11th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School

Country: USA
Sport: Shooting
Olympic Games: 1980 (boycott) 

Hometown: La Palma, California
College: University of California, Berkeley

 

David was team captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic shooting team. David first started shooting at the age of 12 while visiting Summerlake, Oregon,  where his great-grandparents settled after migrating to Oregon in covered wagons.  His father gave him his  first lesson in shooting and safety.

He shot on rifle team at the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated in 1962.  Drafted into the Army in 1963, he set a Fort Ord basic training record  for the M14 rifle qualification.

He shot with the United States Army International Rifle Team during his three years in the Army, making his first World Shooting Championship Team  in 1966.

After being released from the Army, he shot another 23 years with the United States Army Reserve International Rifle Team, qualifying for five more World Shooting Championship Teams as well as the 1980 Olympic Team (like the Olympics, the World Championships are held every four years).  He served for eight years on the Athlete Advisory Council of the United States Olympic Committee representing the shooting sports.

A few of his credits include:

1961 & 1962 Collegiate All-American

National Champion  – 1973, 1976, 1979, 1980

1974 World Champion – gold medal & world record  – 300 Meter Rifle

1978 World Champion – gold medal & world record  – 300 Meter Rifle

1980 National Champion – 50 Meter prone rifle Olympic Tryouts

1980 Olympic Team

Kimes retired from Boeing after 37 years in aerospace as a computer programmer in configuration management for the Apollo, Shuttle, and Space Station programs.  He is still involved with the sport; he does some occasional coaching.

In August 2017, he received his sport’s highest honor when he was inducted into the USA Shooting Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

GIDDEON MASSIE

6th year in RSG!
RSG! School: LA Leadership Academy & Harmony Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Cycling
Olympic Games: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008

Hometown: Quakertown, Pennsylvania
College: Faith Christian Academy

 

ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS

Track Cycling -Sprint

Olympic Games (2004, 2008)

Olympic Long Team (2012)

World Cup Medalist

20-time U.S. National Champion

Pan American Games, gold and silver medalist, 2003

3-time Pan American Championship champion

8-time Sr. World Team member (1999, 2002-2008, 2010/11)

2-time Jr. Worlds Team Member (1998,1999)

 

MEDIA

Modeled the Ralph Lauren Opening Ceremonies uniforms on The Today Show at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Modeled clothing for the USOC, which appeared in national publications including Sports Illustrated and USA Today.

Featured on the cover of Bicycling Magazine twice, as well as other health and fitness magazines.

Numerous local print and television features and appearances.

Participated in a series of public service announcements for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency themed, “My health. My sport. My victory. I compete clean.”

A frequent guest/keynote speaker at local elementary/high schools as well as celebrity sponsor/business appearances. Enjoys sharing passion/career with others and what it means to be an Olympic athlete.

 

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Participated in a series of public service announcements for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency themed, “My health. My sport. My victory. I compete clean.”

Served as motivational speaker for USOC’s “Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere” (FLAME) to inspire minority college students to excel.

Volunteered time to Ronald McDonald bicycle helmet safety campaign in Washington, DC.

 

Visiting children’s hospitals to encourage patients in their recovery.

 

Named Honorary Chair for the Virginia Spine Institutes Spinal Research Foundation annual run/walk event.

 

Olympic Athlete representative for the Junior Olympic Skills Program in Los Angeles, participating in team building activities with children and speaking to them about the meaning of Olympism.

 

One of seven Olympic athletes chosen to represent the non-profit Classroom Champions program aimed at connecting students in high-need schools with top performing athletes in order to motivate them to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big, while educating them in the practical use of communications technology.

 

My roles have evolved from athlete mentor to athlete communications, as I provide lesson plans for our athletes and help keep them abreast of the latest happenings in their classrooms as well as here at Classroom Champions.

 

PERSONAL INTEREST

Earned a musical scholarship from the U.S. National Band Association for his talent playing the clarinet.

Was a resident of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO for  7 years (’00-’07). 

 

 

MYRA MAYBERRY

11h year in RSG!
RSG! School: Broadacres Elementary

Country: Puerto Rico
Sport: Track & Field
Olympic Games: Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996

Hometown: New York, New York
College: USC

 

Myra Mayberry, also known as “Lady Polo,” was born in New York City of African and Puerto Rican descent and raised in South Central Los Angeles.

An accomplished sprinter in the world of track and field, she earned a scholarship to USC.

She is a two-time Olympian who competed under the flag of Puerto Rico at the 1992 Barcelona Games and the 1996 Atlanta Games.  Her love for sports has compelled her to encourage youth through academics, healthy eating and physical fitness.

Myra enjoys working with LA’s BEST, an after-school enrichment program known for its exceptional work in keeping “at risk” youth safe during after school hours.

Mayberry is also a sports official in flag football, basketball and softball for LAUSD.

Myra is very dedicated to working in the community in all aspects of family support services.

Additionally, Polo is a successful entrepreneur with her own clothing line.

She made her Hollywood Red Carpet debut in August 2016 at the Arclight Cinema in the leading role in the movie S.T.U.D.

Lady Polo is a businesswoman, an Olympic athlete, an actor and a true humanitarian.

 

DONNA MAYHEW

 

11th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Ranchito Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Javelin
Olympic Games: Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992

Hometown: Dupont, Pennsylvania
College: University of Arizona

Donna began throwing the javelin at the age of 15.  She excelled in track and field throughout high school and college, competing in the shot put, discus and javelin.

In 1980, she set a Glendale Community College school record in the javelin, won a California State Junior College Track and Field Championship title and competed in the U.S. Olympic trials.

From Glendale College she transferred with a full athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona, where she achieved All-American Honors in 1983.

After college, she returned home to California with a desire to compete in the 1988 Olympic Games in the javelin.  In 1986, she won the U.S. National Track and Field Championships javelin title and placed sixth at the Goodwill Games in Moscow, Russia.

Two years later she won the U.S. Nationals and the U.S. Olympic trials with the third longest throw for women in U.S. history — 63.66 meters (208 feet, 10 inches).  She then competed in the Olympic Games in Seoul, placing seventh.

In 1989, she defended her national title and was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame.

In the years to come she would capture the U.S. National Track and Field Championships javelin title four more times, including at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials; compete in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona; and travel throughout the world training and competing.  Mayhew is currently a nationally certified fitness trainer and certified sports performance coach.

 


HOLLY MCPEAK

5th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Estrella Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Olympic Games: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 (1 bronze)

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, California
College: UCLA

A three-time Olympian, Holly has 72 career beach volleyball titles and $1.4 million in career earnings, which places her third of any woman in the history of professional beach volleyball. She also won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics with partner Elaine Youngs. McPeak, at 5 feet 7 inches, is considered short for beach volleyball, which makes her success all the more remarkable.

McPeak signed with the California Golden Bears out of Mira Costa High School, where she was teammates with her Mira Costa classmate and future beach partner Lisa Arce. At Cal, she was named National Freshman of the Year in 1987, before transferring to UCLA in 1990. That year, she helped the Bruins to a national championship.

At the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, McPeak partnered with Nancy Reno and did not win a medal despite high expectations. At the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, McPeak partnered with Misty May-Treanor and finished in fifth place.

McPeak was planning to retire after the 2008 AVP season, but decided to continue for the 2009 season. After three-straight ninth-place finishes in her first three AVP events of the season, she retired for good in May of 2009, a week shy of her 40th birthday.

Since retiring from beach volleyball, McPeak works as a color commentator for Pac-12 volleyball shown on Fox Sports West, including most televised games of UCLA.

In 2014, McPeak served as a sand volleyball game analyst for the Pac-12 Network.

 


JOHN MOFFET

3rd year in RSG!
RSG! School: Emerson Community Charter School

Country: USA
Sport: Swimming
Olympic Games: 1980 (boycott), Los Angeles 1984

Hometown: Banning, California
College: Stanford

John started swimming at the relatively late age of eleven and quickly moved through the ranks, making the 1980 Olympic Team before he even had his driver’s license.  Unfortunately, the United States boycotted the Moscow Games due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  Despite this disappointment, John finished up high school in Newport Beach, California, and headed north to Stanford University.  Once on “The Farm” he broke his first of two world records on his way to making the 1984 Olympic Team.  But regrettably he tore a leg muscle in his first Olympic event, the 100m Breaststroke, and finished fifth. John was subsequently forced to withdraw from his other two events, and he spent much of the remaining year rehabilitating his leg.  

But his college career was far from over; he went on to win a total of five individual NCAA National Championships and two NCAA Team Championships.  During his senior year, John was co-captain, honored as the top scholar-athlete in the PAC-10 and received the prestigious NCAA Top VI Award honoring the six most outstanding student-athletes in America.  Since then, he’s been elected into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame and also selected to the PAC-12 All-Century Team.

John’s misfortune at the 1984 Olympics, however, turned into an opportunity when legendary documentarian Bud Greenspan told his story in the feature film 16 Days Of Glory.  John was so inspired by Bud that he decided to pursue a career in entertainment.  Since then, he has produced hundreds of hours of television for major networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX, plus cable channels Discovery, TLC, VH1, ESPN and HBO.  John’s highest professional honor was winning three Primetime Emmy Awards while producing seven seasons of The Amazing Race.

He is currently President of the Southern California Olympians & Paralympians Association (SCOPA).

 

 

MERRILL MOSES

6th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Limerick Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Water Polo
Olympic Games: Beijing 2008 (1 silver), London 2012 

Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, California
College: Pepperdine University

Merrill is one of the most exciting goalkeepers in the game today. He currently serves as assistant coach for the men’s water polo team at Pepperdine University, his alma mater.  Moses first got involved with water polo during the summer before his freshman year of high school because he didn’t want to play football in the heat.

In 1998, he earned 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team All-American honors at Pepperdine….Earned 1st Team All-American distinction in 1997….Was MVP at the 1997 NCAA Championships.  He graduated Pepperdine in 1999 with a degree in Public Relations.

PROFESSIONAL

In 2008-2009 played for Sibenik, Croatia, earned 3rd place in the Croatian league that year and won the Yellow Cap award for being the most consistent player in the league. Also led this team to play in Euro League Championships for the first time in club history and made it to the top 8. In 2009-2010 played for Nervi, Italy, coming to the team halfway through the season with the squad in danger of dropping to divisions two. In the second half of the season, he led his team to 17 points and brought the team to the playoffs. In 2010-2011, Played for Nervi, Italy and kept his team in the first division for a second straight year.

INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

Blocked 40 goals in the 2013 FINA World Championships…Recorded 63 saves at the 2012 Olympic Games in London… Started every match and logged 58 saves at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final… Posted 36 saves stopping over 65% of shots faced on the way to a gold medal and Olympic berth at the 2011 Pan American Games…Logged 61 saves and started every match in a sixth place finish at the 2011 FINA World Championships…Collected 56 saves in anchoring teams defense during fourth place finish at 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Florence, Italy…Blocked 52 shots during the 2010 FINA World Cup in Oradea, Romania…Had 54 saves at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final in Nis, Serbia. Named Most Valuable Player of 2010 USA Water Polo Men’s National Championships with the New York Athletic Club…Stopped 51 shots on the way to a fourth place finish at the 2009 FINA World Championships…Earned a silver medal at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as the starting goalkeeper… Halted 70 shots throughout the tourney and was named to the Olympic All-Star Team… Piled up 37 saves as starting goalie during silver medal run at 2008 FINA World League Super Final…Split time in the cage at 2007 FINA World League Super Final… Led Team USA with 30 saves during 2007 Pan American Games… Starting goalkeeper at 2007 FINA World Championships…Named Best Goalkeeper at 2006 ASUA Cup… Highest number of saves in 2006 Premier League Division I… Was named the Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the 2003 U.S. Cup at Stanford…Posted a game-high 13 saves against Slovakia at 2003 French International…Was named as the 1st Team All-American goalkeeper with New York at the 2002 Men’s Senior Nationals…Had 63 saves in six games during the 2002 FINA World League, including back-to-back 13-stop efforts against Russia.

 

 

PRINCE MUMBA

5th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Foshay Learning Center

Country: Zambia
Sport: Track & Field
Olympic Games: Athens 2004, London 2012

Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia
College: Oral Roberts University

Prince Mumba is a two-time Olympian in track and field and has competed in five world championships and most major competitions. He is also a USATF certified track and field coach, and is currently the head coach at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.

Mumba has a degree in mass media communications and studied psychology at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Prince was athlete of the year four consecutive years at ORU, and three times an NCAA Division I All-American. In 2012, he was inducted into his alma mater’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

In 2015, Mumba opened up a running club called Prince Mumba Track Club. He trains mostly young athletes who strive to someday get to the Olympic Games and receive college scholarships.

 

 

JOHN NABER

10th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Franklin High School

Country: USA
Sport: Swimming
Olympic Games: Montreal 1976 (4 gold, 1 silver)

Hometown: Evanston, Illinois
College: USC

John is a five-time Olympic swimming medalist with four gold and one silver medal.

John was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois.  After high school, he attended USC, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1977.  While he was at USC, Naber helped its swimming team to four consecutive NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Naber won four gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.  Each of those victories was swum in world-record time.

One of Naber’s gold medals was for the first 200 meter backstroke swam in under two minutes, and his winning time of 1 minute and 59.19 seconds set a world record that stood for seven years.  His world record of 55.49 second in the 100 meter backstroke also stood for seven years.

For these accomplishments in Montreal and elsewhere, Naber won the James E. Sullivan Award in 1976, which is presented to the top American amateur athlete of the year.

Following his swimming career, Naber began working as a sports broadcaster, a motivational speaker, and a professional writer.

 

John can be reached at JohnNaber@earthlink.net.

 

 

CHUCK NELSON

11th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Loyola Village Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Volleyball
Olympic Games: Tokyo 1964

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
College: University of Nebraska

 

Chuck was a member of the 1964 Olympic Volleyball Team that competed in Tokyo.  He also competed in two other international competitions — the 1959 and 1963 Pan American Games, winning a gold medal and then a silver medal.

While in college he played football, basketball, baseball, tennis and pole vaulted.  They did not have a volleyball team at his university.

In 1973, he was inducted into his university’s Athletic Hall of Fame. After college he served three years in the Air Force as a jet fighter pilot.

During the 1984 L.A. Olympic Games, Chuck was in charge of sending 100,000 local kids to various Olympic events.

 

 

SHEVON NIETO

11th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Toland Way El & Lockwood Avenue El

Country: Jamaica
Sport: Track & Field
Olympic Games: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008

Hometown: Jamaica
College: University of South Carolina

Shevon is a two-time Jamaican Olympian who is an outstanding 400 meter hurdler as well as a talented singer. Then known as Shevon Stoddart (in the summer of 2018, Shevon married Olympic high jumper Jaime Nieto), she was a member of both the 2004 and 2008 Jamaican Olympic teams and competed at the 2005 IAAF World Championships. Her personal best in the event is 54:47.

Nieto was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the early age of 5, she moved to Uniondale, New York. Her track career started in middle school, and by 9th grade, she was ranked #3 in the state of New York in the 400 meters. It wasn’t until her sophomore year when the 400 intermediate hurdles was introduced, which Shevon quickly dominated.

Shevon received a full scholarship from the University of South Carolina and majored in Advertising and minored in Business. Nieto made her first Olympic team in 2004 as a junior in college and made her first World Championship team in 2005.

 

 

RADA OWEN

8th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Westport Heights Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Swimming
Olympic Games: Sydney 2000

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
College: Auburn University

 

Rada was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where she began her swimming career at the age of 5. Excelling quickly in the sport, she broke many state records and still holds records at her former team.

As a graduate of Auburn University, she swam as a member of one of the top swim programs in the country.  While there she held numerous team records, was a 6-time Southeastern Conference Champion, a 14-time All American, and was key in developing a national championship winning team.

She competed for the United States in various international competitions, the highlight being the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia.  An incredibly technical swimmer, her stroke has been described as “flawless” by many of the world’s most influential coaches.  Her highly sought-after technique is the basis for the many swim clinics she has run around the world.  She lends her stroke demonstration to the popular “Swimming Faster Freestyle” DVD series and has been the focus of many magazines articles depicting her form.  She retired from competition in 2003, and is currently a private swim instructor, sharing her knowledge of stroke technique to triathletes, masters swimmers and beginner children and adults.

 

 

RON SKARIN

11th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Allesandro Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Cycling
Olympic Games: Munich 1972, Montreal 1976

Hometown: Van Nuys, California
College: L.A. Trade Tech

Ron began his athletic career at the age of 15 while attending Van Nuys High School in 1968.  The U.S. Olympic trials for the sport of cycling were held in Los Angeles that year, and Ron became inspired to become a top racing cyclist and compete in the next Olympic Games, to be held in Munich in 1972.  Ron went on to not only compete as part of the U.S. Olympic Cycling Team that year, but also in the Montreal Olympics four years later.  

Skarin was an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Cycling Team that won more medals than any country in history during the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.

During Ron’s career he has broken more than 20 national cycling records, won 10 national championships, more than 100 bicycle races, and still holds the world record for the most distance traveled in one hour on a Streamlined Tandem bicycle at 46.3 miles in one hour!

In 1977, he helped get the sport of cycling “off the ground” by flying a pedal-powered airplane under his own power.

While Ron was working, he continued to stay in shape by riding his bike to and from work 10 miles a day for nearly 30 years.  Though he is now retired, he still manages to ride an average of 50 miles a week and lead beginner bike rides for his friends.

In 2005, Skarin was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame for his past cycling accomplishments and his contributions to the sport.

 

 

KATHERINE STARR

6th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Emelita Academy Charter Elementary

Country: Great Britain
Sport: Swimming
Olympic Games: Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
College: University of Texas

Katherine competed for Great Britain in swimming in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games.

Before the Olympics, Katherine was a fourteen-time All-American at the University of Texas. In her professional career she has worked with Softbank/Mobius Venture Capitalist (original investor in Yahoo!), AOL Time Warner, Sun Microsystems, Netscape, and Honeywell, among others.

Currently, Katherine spends her time working at a non-profit called Safe4Athletes, which she founded in 2011. Safe4Athletes mission is to advocate for every athlete to have a positive and safe environment free of sexual abuse, bullying and harassment.

 

 

KATY SULLIVAN

7th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Bellingham Elementary & Kingsley Elementary & Korenstein Elementary

Country: USA
Sport: Track & Field
Paralympic Games: London 2012

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
College: Webster University

Katy is an actress, producer and athlete, who received a BFA in acting from Webster University’s Conservatory. She has worked at many theaters across the country, including The Long Red Road at the Goodman Theatre starring alongside Tom Hardy and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Other Favorite Theatre experiences include: Hedda Gabler, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Finish Line: a Documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon and A Piece of My Heart.

She originated the role of Ani in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and also the production that moved to Manhattan Theatre Club’s Off-Broadway theatre in 2017. Her performance won her Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel Award nominations along with a Theatre World Award.

She has appeared in numerous television shows and films including the award winning film, Walk On and the upcoming film, T-11 Incomplete (2019). TV credits include: NBC’s My Name is Earl, ABC’s Last Man Standing with Tim Allen, FX’s Comedy Legit, CBS’ hit NCIS: New Orleans and more.

Katy co-created SulliFlinn Productions with fellow Webster Grad, Becca Flinn-White. They produce online comedy content, short films and are developing a comedy called Legs, loosely based on their life experiences. They were 2015 Fellows at the Producer’s Guild of America in their Power of Diversity Program.

Katy is also a four-time U.S. Champion in the 100m. She was among the first bilateral above-the-knee amputees to compete in the Paralympics in ambulatory track when she ran the 100m at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, setting a new American record and finishing 6th in the world. Combining the world of sports and performance, Katy worked with NBC as a Sports Analyst for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil.

 

HENRY TILLMAN

11th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Jordan High & Rancho Dominguez Preparatory High

Country: USA
Sport: Boxing
Olympic Games: Los Angeles 1984 (1 gold)

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
College: Coastline College

Henry Tillman, the last man to beat Mike Tyson before James “Buster” Douglas, won the 1984 Olympic gold medal, twice beating Tyson in the heavyweight division during the Olympic trials and Olympic box-offs to earn a berth on the dazzling team that represented the United States at the Los Angeles Games.  On August 11, 1984, Tillman won an unanimous decision over favorite Willie de Witte of Canada to capture the 201-pound heavyweight gold medal.

Tillman says he tries to think of himself as “a college student working toward a degree.”  My two pre-Olympic years were like prep schools.  By the time I reached graduation, I hoped to become the heavyweight champion of the world.”

These may sound like lofty goals for a man who first laced on a pair of boxing gloves many years ago, but Tillman was an Olympian champion after just two years of amateur experience.

His professional career began in 1984 with a second round knockout of Uriah Grant in Houston.  In just his sixth professional bout, Tillman became the first of the ’84 Olympic boxers to win a title.  He did it with a stunning first round knockout of No. 1 contender Bash Ali to win the North American Boxing Federation Cruiseweight Championship.

As Tillman worked his way through the cruiserweight ranks, he began to struggle with the effects of dehydration.  It became increasingly difficult for him to squeeze his 6’4 body frame down to the cruiserweight limit.  Rather than move up to the heavyweight division at a time when he was about to receive a world title shot, Tillman decided to try once again to make the weight.  He was unsuccessful, though, in his February 14, 1987, attempt to wrest the title from his Olympic teammmate, roommate and best friend, Evander Holyfield.

Within two months of that fight, Tillman was back in training camp, weighing a solid 220 pounds and working with a new trainer, Henry Grooms, who had worked with some of boxing’s greatest champions.  Grooms continued to train Tillman and act as his manager and advisor.  In his comeback, Tillman was 6-1 and had lost only to former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson.

During his leisure time, Henry has been very active in the community. Having grown up in South Central Los Angeles, constantly witnessing gang violence and drug abuse, he felt it was important to demonstrate to young people that life is much better without violence and drugs.  He gave generously of his time to youth and service organizations across the nation, and has built his own boxing program for the underprivileged with partial funding from the Amateur Athletic Foundation.  To thank him for all of his time and efforts to better a very troubled community, the city of Compton Calif., recognized September 17, 1990, as “HENRY TILLMAN DAY.”

Tillman starred in Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky V” where he portrayed No. 1 contender Tim Sims.  He also did commercials for McDonalds, 7-11 stores, Apple Computers, Levi Strauss and Polaroid.

Henry accomplished his goal of going back to school to obtain his GED.  He received a certificate for Small Business and Entrepreneurship from Coastline College.

 

 

JEFF WILLIAMS

10th year in RSG!
RSG! School: Toluca Lake Elementary & LA Leadership Academy

Country: USA
Sport: Track & Field
Olympic Games: Atlanta 1996

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
College: Prairie View A&M

Jeff was born in Los Angeles and attended college at Prairie View A&M in Texas. While playing football for the Panthers, he also ran track, competing in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

He won his first international medal in 1986 at a major meet in Milan, Italy, bringing home gold in the 100m.

At the 1995 World Championships in Sweden, he reached the medal podium with a third-place finish in the 200m. Williams hit his athletic peak the following year, setting an American indoor record of 20.40 seconds in the 200m and making the U.S. Olympic Team. Williams ran fifth in the 200m at the 1996 Atlanta Games.