Jan. 31, 2011
By Eric Trainer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former Lady Vol and Olympic gold medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley will be on campus Tuesday, participating in the kickoff celebration for the 50th anniversary of undergraduate admission by African-Americans at the University of Tennessee.
A 1984 graduate of UT with a degree in industrial engineering, Fitzgerald Mosley became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles when she did so in Los Angeles in 1984. She had previously made the team in 1980, but she was unable to compete when the U.S. boycotted the games for political reasons.
Fitzgerald Mosley will participate in a march from the UT Torchbearer to the Carolyn P. Brown University Center at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. She will be featured during a program at the University Center immediately following that event.
During her time as a Lady Vol, Fitzgerald-Mosley was 14-time All-American and five-time national champion, winning the 100m hurdles three years in a row from 1981 to 1983. She also won nine Southeastern Conference titles, including the hurdles from 1981 to 1983, the 100m dash in 1981 and 1983 and the 200m dash in 1981 and 1982.
She currently serves as the Chief of Sport Performance for USA Track & Field and previously served as the president and CEO of Women In Cable Television.
Below is a link to information about Tuesday event on the UT Website: