Tuesday, September 16 2008
For our Colts sport fans we have some good news. Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel has announced that Tony Dungy, Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, will be a guest speaker for the 2009 Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series. The event is on March 16, 2009 at 7.30 PM at Roberts Stadium. The fall speaker will be Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Both events are free.
(EVANSVILLE, IN)- Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series is pleased to announce its speaker for spring 2009. Tony Dungy, Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, will give a lecture at Roberts Stadium Tuesday, March 16, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. Dungy’s lecture is free to the public, but tickets will be required for admission.
“The Diversity Lecture Series continues to bring outstanding speakers to Evansville to share their experiences and life lessons,” said Janet Heldt, President of the Diversity Lecture Series Board of Directors. “Not only does Coach Dungy have a great story to tell about his success on the football field, but he also can talk about what it takes to succeed in life as well.”
Specific information will be available in the spring about when and where tickets will be available for Coach Dungy’s lecture. There will be a maximum of four tickets per person. Group tickets will not be available. All tickets must be picked up at the Roberts Stadium or Centre box offices, none will be mailed. Upon request, tickets and seats will be set aside for anyone needing special accommodation.
“Coach Dungy is known for giving positive and inspirational talks. No doubt he will have a unique perspective on diversity to share with our community,” said Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Evansville has been very fortunate that the Diversity Lecture Series has been able to attract such high caliber speakers which many people may not have had the opportunity to hear otherwise.”
Tony Dungy is now beginning his seventh season as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Dungy took the helm of the club on January 22, 2002, after serving six seasons with Tampa Bay. Dungy has directed the Colts to a 73-23 regular-season record, six playoff appearances, five AFC South titles, two AFC Championship game appearances and to a 29-17 victory over Chicago in Super Bowl XLI.
Dungy’s work extends into the community. He helped implement a local Baskets of Hope program that benefits Riley Hospital for Children. He teamed with others in assisting All-Pro Dad, a family-based organization, and he was a spokesman for Arby’s Combo to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club. Dungy’s reach throughout the area includes works and appearances with the Black Coaches Association National Convention and Indiana Black Expo. He participates frequently in speaking appearances at area faith-based events and family football clinics.
Dungy is the author of Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices and Priorities of a Winning Life. He is also the author of a children’s book, You Can Do It! (July 2008).
The Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series seeks to engage Evansville and surrounding communities to explore, appreciate, and celebrate the diversity of race, culture and ethnicity. The Distinguished Lecture Series is a collaborative effort among the City of Evansville, Ivy Tech Community College, University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana and businesses committed to the support of diversity.