DeFrantz to be Inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame
Jan. 20, 2009
CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) is proud to announce that International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and LA84 Foundation president Anita L. DeFrantz will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame on the evening of June 19, 2009. The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 44th Annual NACDA Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.
DeFrantz was elected to the IOC in 1986. She was the fifth woman ever to hold a seat in the IOC. DeFrantz is both the first African-American and the first American woman to serve on the committee. She became the first female vice president in the 103-year history of the IOC in 1997.
DeFrantz’s career within the Olympic Movement began as captain of the U.S. women’s rowing team at the 1976 Games in Montreal, where she won the bronze medal in rowing. She trained for the 1980 Games set to take place in Moscow in hope of bringing home a gold medal. WhenPresident Jimmy Carter decided to boycott the Gamesshe took a leadership role in fighting the boycottand was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Olympic Order by the IOC for her efforts.
DeFrantz also serves as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors, president and member of the Board of Directors of Kids In Sports, Los Angeles, member of the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board and Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics among numerous other positions fighting for diversity and equality in athletics.
The awards and recognitions DeFrantz garnered over the years make up quite an impressive list. To name a few, she has been inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame, received the Billie Jean King Contribution Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation, awarded the prestigious Kiphuth Fellowship in memory of former Yale University swimming coach and athletics director Robert Kiphuth, named one of the NCAA’s “100 Most Influential Student-Athletes” and was named as one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated in May 2003.
About the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.
About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 44th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations that come under the umbrella of the athletics director. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.