Gala to celebrate Hamilton's Olympic anniversary

It has been 25 years since Bowling Green’s Scott Hamilton brought home the Olympic gold in figure skating. BGSU will commemorate that momentous event Saturday (Feb. 21) with a special evening honoring the champion skater, who has gone on to other achievements in entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

Scott Hamilton

The gala in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union will include a reception and dinner with Hamilton, his wife, Tracie, and fellow figure skating medal winners Kitty and Peter Carruthers, four-time U.S. national champions and 1984 Olympic silver medalists in pairs competition. Newly crowned U.S. women’s champion and BGSU senior Alissa Czisny is also scheduled to attend the event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom.

Today (Feb. 16) is the R.S.V.P. deadline for the gala, which offers two ticket packages, with proceeds to benefit the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The silver package, at $300 per person, includes dinner and a signed copy of Hamilton’s new book, The Great Eight. The gold package, at $1,000 per ticket, also includes a VIP reception before the dinner, a DVD of Hamilton’s performances, an autographed photo with Hamilton and a ticket to the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship this spring.

A silent auction featuring sports memorabilia is also part of the event, which is black tie optional. To make reservations, call Joan Simon at 2-3411.

In 2004, Hamilton and BGSU alumnus Bill Dallas co-founded the Dallas-Hamilton Center in the College of Business Administration to help train aspiring entrepreneurs. The college is hosting Saturday’s event.

Following his skating victories, Hamilton went on to co-found the highly successful Stars on Ice. He has independently produced ice shows, covered the Winter Olympics as a commentator with CBS Sports, won an Emmy Award for a television special and has received praise for his on-air commentary and for his biography, Landing It, published by Kensington Books.

Hamilton now tours the country as a motivational speaker, talking about his life and overcoming cancer, which interrupted but did not end his career on the ice. He is also a spokesperson for a number of charitable and philanthropic organizations.

February 16, 2009