Event: Reception and news conference for the 88th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Sponsors include The University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Texas Men’s and Women’s Athletics, and the City of Austin.
When: Reception, 5-8 p.m., Friday, March 27; news conference begins at 5:45 p.m.
Background: The reception honors the commitment that the university, the City of Austin and community leaders make to promoting cultural diversity and engagement during the historic Texas Relays event.
News conference speakers include Steve Patterson, Texas men’s athletics director; Chris Plonsky, Texas women’s athletics director; Dr. Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement; Steve Adler, mayor, City of Austin; Marc Ott, city manager, City of Austin.
The reception will feature opening remarks by Anthony Snipes, assistant city manager, City of Austin; Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber’s Austin operations; and Teddy McDaniel, affiliate chief executive officer of the Austin Area Urban League. Kevin Carr, founder and chief executive officer of PRO2CEO, will serve as guest speaker.
Entertainment will be provided by Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance Company and Austin radio personality/host DJ Kay Cali.
The City of Austin and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement have been working with the community and local organizations to extend an enthusiastic welcome to athletes visiting for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, an annual track and field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The predominantly African American crowd draws an estimated $8 million in tourism dollars to Austin. The 2015 relays are scheduled for March 25-28.