Stark Center Hosts Reunion of 1968 U.S. Olympic Team November 5, 2012
Dr. Thomas Hunt
The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports hosted a reunion for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team the weekend of November 3-4. The event was the latest in a series of collaborative activities between the team and the Stark Center.
The reunion featured a visit to the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum followed by several presentations at the Stark Center’s 27,500-square foot facility inside the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Dr. Thomas M. Hunt, the center’s Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, reported on an oral history project that he is directing and that has, to date, yielded audiotaped or videotaped interviews with 70 members of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team.
Graphic artist Lance Wyman also spoke, describing how he oversaw the groundbreaking design work for the 1968 Mexico City Games. Hunt, who coordinates many of the Stark Center’s activities on Olympic topics, described the weekend as a decided success.
“The 1968 Games held unique importance in the modern history of the Olympic movement,” he said. “We look forward to continuing our work with the members of the U.S. team so that the legacy of that event will be preserved for future generations.”
The Stark Center is an internationally recognized research facility within the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. It was founded and is directed by University of Texas at Austin faculty members Jan and Terry Todd. Because of the Stark Center’s commitment to the promotion of public and scholarly reflection on the Olympic movement through events like the reunion, the International Olympic Committee officially recognized it as an Olympic Studies Center last year. This is a distinction held by only a handful of other institutions in the world.