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Olympic Legend Dick Fosbury To Be Inducted Into SHAPE America's Hall of Fame
VA, February 5, 2015 –Olympic legend Dick
Fosbury, who revolutionized the high jump as a high school athlete when he
developed a new technique that quickly became known as "the Fosbury Flop," will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, officials announced
today. SHAPE America will bestow the honor at the organization's Hall of Fame
Banquet on Friday, March 20, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, during the 130th
National Convention & Expo in Seattle, WA.
Joining Fosbury as 2015 Hall of Fame inductees will be Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., founder of The Cooper Institute, and Michael Metzler, Ph.D., professor, Georgia State University. That evening SHAPE America will also honor its National Physical Education Teachers of the Year for Elementary, Middle and High School and National Teachers of the Year for adapted physical education, dance and health at the banquet, which is sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field.
SHAPE America's Hall of Fame awards are given to honor outstanding individuals who 1) make significant contributions to maintaining sport, physical education and physical activity as an integral part of the total education program; 2) further the image of sport and healthy physical activity for all; 3) accentuate the integral relationships of sport, motor development and physical activity to the total educational process; 4) encourage involvement in meaningful competitive sport or physical activity programs by influential educators and citizens in all walks of life; and 5) symbolize the educational and developmental potentials of physical education and sport.
Past Hall of Fame inductees include golfer Annika Sorenstam, University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, tennis greats Billie Jean King and the late Arthur Ashe, NFL Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti and Anthony Munoz, and Olympians Tony DiCicco, Rulon Gardner, Nancy Hogshead, Dan Jansen, Rafer Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis,Shannon Miller, Edwin Moses, Dot Richardson, Wilma Rudolph and Peter Vidmar.
According to SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin, "Few individuals have transformed a sport as much as Dick Fosbury with his creation of 'the Fosbury Flop'. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, he is also an outstanding role model who continues to travel the world inspiring young athletes while promoting the sport of track & field."
"Since my Olympic days, I have made a commitment to coaching and mentoring kids, teaching them the value of sport through new techniques and technologies," says Dick Fosbury, 1968 Olympic Track and Field Champion and adidas ambassador. "It's a tremendous honor to be inducted in the SHAPE America Hall of Fame and to be recognized as a role model for helping kids, and athletes of all levels, reach their athletic potential."
The Flop was developed during Fosbury's high school years, from 1963 to 1965 when he won the National Junior Champ meet. It was perfected at Oregon State University under Coach Berny Wagner. Fosbury first cleared 7' during the 1968 indoor season and became National Champion at the NCAAs (National Collegiate Athletic Association) in 1968 and 1969.He won the Gold Medal at the Mexico City Olympic Games by clearing 7' 4 1/4", breaking Olympic and American records.
Fosbury made his record jump in Mexico City on his third attempt and was ranked #1 in the world following his 1968 victory. He turned professional in 1973 and joined the International Track Association (ITA). The Fosbury Flop has become the universal technique used by elite high jumpers globally.
Elected to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1981 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1992, he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2010, and has received numerous awards from sports and innovation organizations around the world.
Fosbury is past president of the World Olympians Association and has served as vice president of the United States Olympians and Paralympians Association since 2005.
He is a retired licensed civil engineer and land surveyor who built a civil engineering firm in Ketchum, Idaho, Galena Engineering Inc., where he has resided since 1977. He currently serves as Honorary Chairman of the Simplot Games, the largest high school level indoor track meet in the USA. The Olympian is an ambassador for adidas helping to share his passion for sport.He continues to coach young athletes at Dick Fosbury Track Camps and gives clinics around the world to coaches and athletes.
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.
Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.