Kenny Davis, left, and Billy Reed at the recent press conference announcing the 40th Reunion of the USA Men’s Basketball Team in Lexington and Georgetown Aug. 23-26, 2012. The 12 players from that Olympic squad – which was deprived of the gold medal when time was twice put back on the clock at the controversial end – have not been together since the Munich Olympics of 1972.

Georgetown, KY – If you’ve never heard former Georgetown College NAIA All-American Kenny Davis speak about his 1972 Olympics experience in Munich – both the heartbreak and lifelong disappointment of losing that controversial Gold Medal basketball game to the Russians, and the horrific memory of the slaughter of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists during those same ill-fated Games – be in Hill Chapel at 4:30 p.m., April 11 for “Conversations with Champions.”

Billy Reed’s fireside chat with Davis, Class of ’71, is the first of a “Conversations” twin-bill on that Wednesday as the Georgetown College Executive Scholar-in-Residence will have University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich as his guest at 7:30 p.m. Both conversations, which conclude Year Two of the series (see bottom), are free and open to the public.

The words of Davis, the USA squad’s captain, are so poignant in fact that he and Reed, a renowned sports columnist, have organized a public 40th reunion of the 12 American players August 23-26 that will take place at Georgetown College and Lexington’s Griffin Gate Marriott Resort. Converse, for whom Davis is an account executive, proudly stepped up as the lead sponsor.

Georgetown College will benefit enormously from the entire long weekend. A golf invitational on the first day (a Thursday) will help to endow scholarships in the College’s unique First Tee Scholars program and proceeds from the reunion will benefit Georgetown’s Academy for Character in Sport, which Reed heads up. Interested players and patriots may register for either or both.

A number of other high-powered sponsors have already signed on for the weekend’s events, including: Brown-Forman Corporation, Central Baptist Hospital, ClubCorp, VV Cooke Foundation, Georgetown Community Hospital, Harshaw Trane, Keeneland, PGA, Sodexo, USA Basketball. Media sponsors are the Lexington Herald-Leader and WKYT-27.

For information about the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 Olympic USA Men’s Basketball Team events and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Reed at breed2@georgetowncollege.edu or 502.641.3003; or Amy Dedman at adedman@preston-osborne.com or 859.231.7711 ext. 235. You can also visit the event’s Courage in Munich website for more about the celebration events. You’ll also find a great synopsis of that ’72 USA team’s part in history on the site, if you don’t know or can’t remember.

For sponsorship opportunities or reserving individual and foursome slots in the First Tee Scholars Invitational portion, please contact marketing director Mary Ellen Slone at MES@georgetowncollege.edu or 502.863.7015, or GC News Director Jim Durham at jim_durham@georgetowncollege.edu or 502.863.8174. Be sure to ask about the special opportunity of playing with a member of that 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team or a representative of the PGA, with which Georgetown College has an exclusive partnership.

More about GC’s First Tee Scholars:

The First Tee Scholars program allows graduating Georgetown College students to earn a scholarship into the PGA Professional Golf Management (PGA PGM) Accelerated Program, in order to take the first step toward obtaining PGA membership. Georgetown College graduates who pass the PGA’s Playing Ability Test can enroll in the seven-week PGA Professional Golf Management Accelerated Program, at the PGA Education Center, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The First Tee Scholars Program began at Georgetown College in 2001, through the generosity of Dr. William H. Crouch Jr., president of Georgetown College, who offered to provide two full scholarships to participants in The First Tee. President Crouch, who soon joined The First Tee board of directors, challenged college and university presidents across the country to follow his lead. Since then, the Scholars program has carried out one of The First Tee’s most important initiatives – to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing skills through golf.

“Conversations with Champions” on KET!

All of Billy Reed’s “Conversations with Champions” are filmed for later showing on Kentucky Educational Television. Here is the schedule for air times of his fireside chat with University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips, which took place Feb. 22. (Note that all are on KET3, the Kentucky Network, except for the April 30 showing on KET1.)

Monday, April 16 at 2 p.m. on KET3

Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on KET 3

Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. on KET3

Thursday, April 26 at 7 a.m. on KET3

Monday, April 30 at 4 a.m. on KET1

Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row across the Atlantic solo, showed a replica of her boat to Billy Reed and the “Conversations with Champions” audience.

Spalding University president Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row across the Atlantic solo, was Reed’s guest on March 7. Stay tuned for the air dates of that conversation.

A Pearl in the Storm:How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, (Harper-Collins in 2009) is McClure’s memoir of that Atlantic Ocean feat at age 36. She rowed 2,962 miles over 81 days, starting from the Canary Islands and finishing at the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe on December 3, 1999. The hurricane season of ’98 cut short McClure’s first attempt.

A world adventurer and humanitarian, McClure was also the first woman and first American to travel over land to the geographic South Pole, skiing 750 miles from the ice shelf to the pole. An avid mountaineer, she has climbed on several continents.