Brittany Borman Foundation hosts second “Night to Remember” for track and field fans
After an amazing high school career at Festus, college career at UCLA and Oklahoma, Brittany Borman launched herself into the 2012 Olympics and a bright post-collegiate career. After so much success and more to come, the DeSoto, MO. native started her own foundation to give back to young athletes. In doing so she also found a way to help fund her track and field dreams and a way to support young athletes in Jefferson County, all by hosting a night that track and field fans would enjoy, and never forget.
In September of 2013, Borman hosted an “Olympic Celebration” event which included a social hour, auction and silent auction, a banquet, and question and answer session with some of the best track and field athletes, coaches, and manager in the world. The event was one attendees loved and will never forget, as nearly 20 Olympic and elite athletes and coaches were on hand to delight fans with their stories and answers to questions.
This year’s event is titled “A Night to remember with Dr. John Carlos”. Carlos is the former U.S. sprinting great that claimed the bronze medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Carlos then raised his fist with gold medalist and teammate Tommie Smith during the national anthem at the awards presentation, protesting wrongs they saw in the Olympics and world, mostly to do with human rights and the lack of them around the world.
This year’s event will include some legends of track and field as well as some world class athletes past and present. Those scheduled to be a part of the event are Olympians Greg Foster (hurdles), Connie Teaberry (high jump), Jeff Hartwig (pole vault), Muna Lee (sprints), Tia Brooks (shot put), Amanda Bingson (hammer throw), Derrick Peterson (800) as well as current and former world class athletes Ivory Williams (sprints), Gwen Berry (hammer throw), David Lee (400 hurdles), Liz Podomonick (discus), Alyssa Hasslen (shot put), and Nick Christie (race-walking).
The event will be Friday evening in Festus at the Shalimar Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. It will include a social hour at 6:00 p.m. while the dinner and program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The event will include live and silent auctions, giving attendees a chance to score track and field memorabilia and gear, as well as other sports related gear and give-aways. Local broadcaster Victoria Babu will emcee the event while special guest Reed Lowe, a former St. Louis Blues enforcer will do the auctioneering, and area resident and “The Voice” contestant Patrick Thomson will entertain with his musical talents.
A few tickets remain and those interested must call Laura Borman at 636-586-8883. More information can be found by visiting www.brittanyborman.org The event promises to be a memorable night for sports fans in general, by but especially those that love track and field.
Brittany and a group of the athletes will make their way to the Ferguson area on Friday. The group will visit with some of the athletes of the Ferguson-Florissant school districts high school track and field athletes at McCluer South-Berkeley High School. The group will speak to the young athletes and try to impart some of the wisdom the elite athletes have learned throughout their careers and lives.