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Fitness legend gives $1 million to The University of Texas at Austin

A gift of $1 million has been pledged to The University of Texas at Austin’s Todd-McLean Physical Culture Collection, the world’s largest and most complete archival collection of materials related to physical fitness, sport training, purposive exercise, bodybuilding, physical education and alternative medicine.

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The Weiders will be visiting The University of Texas at Austin campus and the archives on Friday, April 16. On Saturday, April 17, they will be introduced at 10 a.m. by Governor Rick Perry at the opening ceremonies of the Texas Roundup fitness festival. The ceremony will take place on the Colorado Street stage in downtown Austin.

The Todd-McLean Physical Culture Collection, which is located in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, was established in 1983 by the Todds. With the collection, they hoped to provide a repository for rare and culturally significant items related to physical culture and also to encourage research by scholars in the areas of physical fitness, exercise, bodybuilding, athletic training and alternative medicine.

For more information contact: Dr. Terry Todd, 512-471-4890, or Joel Parker, 818-990-2252.