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4th Annual Diversity Award Gala on May 4th.
Diversity Awards Gala hosted by Olympian gold-medal swimmer Eric Shanteau:
It is with great regret that Drew Lachey cannot make it to the May 4 Diversity Awards Gala. With the reunion music tour, alongside New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, several events shifted on Drew's touring schedule, Drew sends his apologies and hopes that he can see everyone sometime in the future.
We were fortunate enough to find an equally exciting and talented host for the event. It is a great excitement to announce we will host 2-time Olympian gold-medal swimmer Eric Shanteau. Just last summer at the 2012 games in London, Eric won gold as part of the 4 x 100 medley relay U.S. team, alongside swimmers such as Michael Phelps. While an Olympic victory itself is an amazing feat, there's much more to Eric's story. Prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Eric was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He opted to delay treatment until after the games, as he was committed to represent the USA, and would not back down from the challenge. Upon completion of the games, Eric started treatment. After a long, tough fight, he is a cancer survivor. Once cleared, he was back in the pool, climbing back atop the swimming world, qualifying for the 2012 games, and ultimately winning gold.
Eric is an inspiration for all students on how to overcome great adversity in life, and that a winning attitude and outlook are key ingredients to success and achieving your "gold" in life.
Each year the ODCE annual diversity recognition program highlights the achievements of faculty, staff and students. Celebrating and appreciating cultural diversity is a way for the UT Dallas faculty, staff, students and community to learn how people are different. It also promotes more tolerance in the work place.
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For more information contact: Rosie Peterson (972) 883-4560