Olympian Gold Medal Winner Earl Young to Speak at McMurry University

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, February 14, 2017 3:21 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Earl Young, an Olympic gold medalist at the 1960 Summer Games and member of the Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame, will be speaking at McMurry University on Thursday, February 16.

He will be speaking to Dr. Robert Wallace’s sociology class at 9:30 a.m. in the Cooke Classroom Building and to McMurry athletes and others at 11 a.m. in Old Main Matthews auditorium. Young will share his story and as a leukemia survivor, how a life-saving bone marrow transplant in 2011 saved his life.

A native of San Fernando, CA, Young ran the second leg for the American 4x400 meter relay, which won the gold medal in Rome with a new world record of 3.02.2. He also finished sixth in the 400 meter and earned two gold medals with the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays at the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Young, who was inducted into the Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2015, is promoting Delete Blood Cancer, an organization that encourages people to register as marrow donors

Materials and forms needing to become a bone marrow donor will be available at the event.

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