Olympic gold medal winner to speak at NDSU
Published March 2016
Olympic gold medalist, former Marine and health educator Billy Mills will share an inspiring message about how his battle with diabetes provides lessons for life and public health.
“The Pursuit of Excellence” is scheduled for Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in Sudro Hall room 27. The appearance by Mills, hosted by the Department of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at NDSU, is free and open to the public.
Mills won the gold medal in track and field in the 10,000-meter race at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. His inspiring come-from-behind victory is considered one of the greatest Olympic upsets of all time. Mills, a former lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, is a member of the Oglala Lakota.
Born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Mills attended the University of Kansas on an athletic scholarship. He was an NCAA All-America Cross Country runner three times and won an individual cross country title in the Big Eight conference. He was inducted into the U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, and the National Distance Running Hall of Fame. He was the subject of the movie Running Brave and is the author of Lessons of a Lakota and co-author of Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Understanding.
If you attend
Enter through the south doors or east doors of Sudro Hall to room 27 in the lower level. Parking is available in the Visitor Lot directly south of Sudro Hall or in the Visitor Lot south of Memorial Union.
The event with Mills leads up to the inaugural American Indian Public Health Day on April 4 at NDSU. The day consists of holistic, health-focused events, held in conjunction with the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Week.