Former Olympian Marion Jones to Speak at UMass Boston December 9

Office of Communications | December 06, 2011
Former Olympian Marion Jones to Speak at UMass Boston December 9

Former Olympic track star Marion Jones will visit the University of Massachusetts Boston Friday, December 9, to speak to students about “Responsibility, Redemption, and Resilience."

A Conversation with Marion Jones will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. A question and answer session will follow. Admission is free.

Jones, hailed as the “fastest woman on the planet” for more than a decade, became the first woman ever to win five medals at one Olympics at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. But in 2007, Jones was stripped of those medals after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs. As a result of her confession, she served six months in federal prison for lying to federal investigators. Since then Jones has turned her life around, playing for the WNBA and committing herself to travelling the country, inspiring others who face life-challenging situations.

“I am so delighted to welcome Marion Jones to campus to share her story,” Chancellor J. Keith Motley said. “Marion has made it her mission to share the lessons she’s learned with the world, and she has found redemption on this path.”

Jones is being brought to campus through the UMass Uncommon Leadership speaker series. Led by UMass Amherst alumnus Glenn Mangurian (BS '70, MBA '73), the interview series examines leadership today through discussions with well-known leaders in organizations outside of traditional business.
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