Hosted by Jeff Bukantz. The President’s Forum features intimate conversation with distinguished guests across the global Jewish community.
This week’s featured guest is U.S. Olympic and Maccabiah Swimming Champion, Anthony Ervin. Anthony was a member of the U.S. Swim Team at the 2000, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. In 2000, he won a gold medal in the 50m freestyle and a silver medal as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay. He retired from competition in 2003, but returned in 2011 and qualified for the 2012 Olympics. In 2016, he again won the gold medal in the 50m freestyle, becoming the oldest ever individual Olympic gold medal winner in swimming, 16 years after his first gold medal in this event. He also won gold in the 4x100m medley relay.
In addition to his Olympic success, Anthony has won medals in the World Aquatic Championships and Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
In 2017, Anthony was a member of the U.S. Maccabiah Open Swimming team and was given the highest honor – lighting the torch at the Opening Ceremony to officially begin the Games. He left Israel as the gold medalist for the 50m freestyle (setting a Maccabiah record), 100m freestyle, and as part of the 4x100m medley relay. Additionally, he won silver as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay.
This week’s topic was on the impact of Covid-19 within intercollegiate athletics and what the future may bring.
Here is the panel:
Greg Gardner is the Associate Head Coach for Men’s Ice Hockey at Mercyhurst University. Greg served as the Open Men’s Ice Hockey Head Coach for the 20th Maccabiah.
Haley Mitchell is the Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach at Occidental College. She has recently completed her 2nd season with the team. Haley served as the Juniors Swimming Co-Coach for the 20th Maccabiah.
Dr. Daniel Freeman is the Assistant Director of Athletic Advancement & Alumni Engagement at UNC Asheville. Dan was a member of the Open Track & Field team for the 20th Maccabiah.
Our first featured guests are three leaders from Maccabi World Union: Amir Peled (Chairman), Eyal Tiberger (Executive Director), and Roy Hessing (Deputy Executive Director & Maccabiah CEO).