Bruins 2012 Reception – Thursday 9 August 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)
Bloomsbury, United Kingdom
You are invited to celebrate UCLA at London 2012 at 7.30 pm on Thursday 9 August at the October Gallery, London WC1 with Valorie Kondos Field (UCLA women's gymnastics head coach), Ann Meyers Drysdale (former basketball player, now sports broadcaster) and Tasha Schwikert former gymnast, now sports broadcaster), and others tbc will participate. Al Osborne, Associate Dean of UCLA Anderson will MC this exciting London celebration. Thirty-two UCLA students, alumni and staff are taking part in the 2012 Olympic Games later this month. This event will also be the official launch of the UCLA Alumni in the UK.
Valorie Kondos Field is best-known as the incredibly successful coach of the UCLA women's gymnastics team, winner of six NCAA national championships UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field has positioned the Bruins as one of the premier programs in collegiate gymnastics. Kondos Field emphasizes a team concept, but her student-athletes have also found individual success, winning 25 NCAA individual titles during her years as head coach, including 22 in the last 13 years.
Ann Meyers Drysdale is a retired American basketball player and UCLA alumna who made a defining impact on the history of women’s basketball. As the first high school player to be part of the US national team she went on to become the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship to college and then the first and only woman to be drafted to an NBA team. She represented the US at the Olympics in 1976, the debut of Women’s Basketball as a category, winning a silver medal. Ann is currently a sportscaster who will be covering the 2012 Olympics and she released her autobiography in May.
Tasha Schwikert made a name for herself when she was picked as a reserve for the Sydney 2000 Olympic team at just 15. Called up to perform, Tasha was one of the most consistent performers on the team, despite her age and inexperience. She went on to become 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, a World Gymnastics Championships team gold medalist, the 2001 and 2002 U.S. senior national all-around champion and the 2005 and 2008 NCAA all-around national champion. Currently, Tasha is a sports broadcaster and will be covering the 2012 Olympics.
Alfred Osborne is Senior Associate Dean of UCLA Anderson, a professor of Global Economics & Management and founder, Stanford alumnus and faculty director of the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA.