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MDC Women’s Basketball Coach to Speak at 2008 U.S. Scholar-Athlete Games

Susan Summons

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Miami, June 26, 2008 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Women’s Basketball coach, associate professor and Endowed Teaching Chair, Susan Summons, will be among an extraordinary group of peace brokers at the 2008 United States Scholar-Athlete Games. Summons will deliver the Games “Launch Address Speech” on Sunday, June 29, in Kingston, RI. The US Scholar-Athlete Games will feature more than 2,500 scholar-students and scholar-artists from all 50 states, as well as participants from 27 other countries. 

The Games were built on the Olympiad idea that sports can be used as a means to promote world peace, conflict resolution and racial harmony among nations. Summons will be among renowned orators speaking at the Games, including General Colin Powell, who will deliver the keynote address on “Leadership and American Patriotism” on July 1, famed environmentalist Claes Nobel, whose family established the Nobel Peace Prize, and Vint Cerf, credited as one of the true “founding fathers” of the Internet.

Summons will also be part of a distinguished panel at the Opening Ceremonies when she joins Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch, famed novelist, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith and Mr. Sam Hamilton, grand polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, in a presentation titled “Nuggets of Wisdom” on Saturday, June 28.

“A brilliant speaker and motivator, Coach Summons’ eloquent and inspiring message should be heard by as many student-athletes, coaches, and parents as possible,” said Institute for International Sports Founder and CEO Dan Doyle.

Summons was recently named a TOP 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America. This year, she was honored as the 2008 Southern Conference Coach of the Year and won the 2008 Southern Conference Championship making the program’s historical appearance at its 18th FCCAA Regional State Championship. Previous honors include being inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in a dual category of both coach and player. She was the first community college sports educator to deliver the Hall of Fame Address Speech. Under her leadership, the college’s Women’s Basketball program boasts one of the highest graduation and transfer placement rates to NCAA Division I and Division II University levels in the nation at 93.6 percent. She also helped MDC attain the All-American Sportsmanship Award.

For more information, please contact Dan Doyle, executive director of the Institute for International Sports, at 401-874- 2375. You may also contact Laurie DeRuosi or Caitlin Lauletti at iis102@etal.uri.edu. Information is also available at www.internationalsport.com.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist




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