Georgetown, KY – Georgetown College is hosting a once-in-a-lifetime 40th Anniversary Reunion of the USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, Aug. 23-25, and Kentucky high school students – especially AP History classes – have a special invitation to attend a day of seminars at our Thomas & King Conference Center.
On Friday, Aug. 24, all 12 Olympians will participate in one of four seminars that will be dedicated to discussing the historical, political, and ethical ramifications of the 1972 Gold Medal game in Munich, Germany. In parts of the world friendly to the former Soviet Union, the players are regarded as “Ugly Americans” who refused to take their medicine. But in the U.S. and other parts of the world, they are regarded as heroes who refused to have their gold medals stolen. One seminar will also delve into the horrific slaughter of the Israeli Olympic team by Palestinian terrorists and the media coverage of that first overt act of terrorism on the international scene.
Former Georgetown College All-American Kenny Davis, captain of that U.S. team, is the reason this international event will be held in Georgetown on Aug. 24 and at Lexington’s Marriott Griffin Gate on Aug. 23 (for a golf event) and Aug. 25 (for the reunion banquet featuring speaker Doug Collins, who was the star of that squad and now coaches the NBA Philadelphia 76ers).
Esteemed sports columnist Billy Reed, the College’s Executive Scholar-in-Residence, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate on this historic occasion, which they have dubbed Courage in Munich. For a thrilling, heart-breaking account of “the most controversial basketball game ever played,” read Billy’s story on the ’72 Olympians.
Below are the seminars with an exciting collection of panelists including sports journalists, college professors, business leaders and former Olympians.
To pre-register for the free seminars, call Georgetown College Admissions at 1-800-788-9985 and ask for Madison Osborne.
The ’72 Olympics-Courage in Munich Seminars (Friday, Aug. 24)
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. — History of Olympic Basketball
- Moderator: Bob Hammel, former sports editor of Bloomington Herald-Tribune, Member of Basketball Writers Hall of Fame
- Panelists: Denny Crum and Joe B. Hall; Jim Klotter, PhD, Professor of History, Georgetown College; John Bach, assistant on the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team; Olympic team members Tom Burleson, Jim Forbes, and Tom Henderson
10:45 a.m. – Noon — How the ’72 gold-medal game changed international basketball (USA Basketball)
- Moderator: C.M. Newton, former chair, USA Basketball
- Panelists: Jim Host, CEO, iHigh.com; David “Taps” Gallagher, basketball historian and author of Stolen Glory; Susan Johnson, retired Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Georgetown College; Olympic team members Doug Collins, Mike Bantom, and Jim Brewer.
Noon-Lunch1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — The ethical debate about not accepting the silver medals
- Moderator: Dave Kindred, Hall of Fame sports columnist for The Louisville Courier-Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; the Sporting News; and Golf Digest
- Panelists: Rufus Friday, publisher of Lexington Herald-Leader; Tim Sullivan, Louisville C-J columnist; Roger Ward, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown College; Jack Kelly, former CEO, Turner International Sports, both the Seattle and St. Petersburg, Russia, Goodwill Games and 1st CEO Alltech/FEI World Games; Olympic team members Kenny Davis, Ed Ratleff and Kevin Joyce.
2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. — Discussion of terrorism and TV coverage
- Moderator: Tom Preston, former director of Kentucky Homeland Security
- Panelists: Gen. Edward Tonini, Kentucky National Guard; Guilherme Silva, PhD, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Georgetown College; Alan Stein, SteinGroup, LLC; Dick Gabriel, talk-show host; Olympic team members Bobby Jones, Tom McMillen, and Dwight Jones.