Bruins at the Olympics Reception
Due to high demand the venue has changed from Winston House to:
October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street,
Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL (nearest tube Holborn)
Starting from 7:30pm.
UCLA Alumni and friends are invited to celebrate UCLA at London 2012 at 7:30pm on Thursday August 9th. Al Osborne, Senior Associate Dean of UCLA Anderson will MC this exciting Bruins and London celebration with Valorie Kondos Field (UCLA women's gymnastics head coach), Ann Meyers Drysdale (former basketball player, now sports broadcaster), and Tasha Schwikert (former gymnast, now sports broadcaster). Confirmations from other current and former Bruin Olympians are also pending.
Thirty-two UCLA students, alumni and staff are taking part in the 2012 Olympic Games later this month. They will represent nine nations.
UCLA Alumni Association Members: £10.00
UCLA Alumni & Friends: £15.00
Sponsor a UCLA Student to come: £10.00
This event will also be the official launch of the UCLA alumni network in the UK!
UCLA Alumni in the UK Organizing Committee: Andrew Wright (MBA ’10), Johana Fiserova (UCLA ’10), George Majewski (UCLA ’85), Chris Bailey-Gates (JD ’02)
Valorie Kondos Field '87 is best known as the incredibly successful head coach of the UCLA women's gymnastics team, winner of six NCAA national championships. A current coach to the US Olympic gymnastics team, Valorie Kondos Field started her career as a professional ballet dancer before becoming the assistant UCLA gymnastic coach and choreographer in 1983, successfully applying the teamwork and leadership principles of Coach Wooden to what had traditionally been viewed as an individual event. She is now recognized as one of the top beam and floor choreographers in the world.
Ann Meyers Drysdale '78 is a retired American basketball player and UCLA alumna who made a defining impact on the history of women’s basketball. The first high school player to be part of the US national team, she went on to become the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship to college and then the first and only woman to try out for an NBA team, eventually becoming the first woman drafted by the Women's Professional Basketball League. She represented the US at the Olympics in 1976, the debut of Women’s Basketball as a category, winning a silver medal. Ann is currently covering the Olympics as a sportscaster and released her autobiography in May.
Tasha Schwikert '08 made a name for herself when she was picked as a reserve for the Sydney 2000 Olympic team at just 15. Called up to perform, Tasha was one of the most consistent performers on the team, despite her age and inexperience. She went on to become 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, a World Gymnastics Championships team gold medalist, the 2001 and 2002 U.S. senior national all-around champion and the 2005 and 2008 NCAA all-around national champion. Currently, Tasha is a sports broadcaster and will be covering the 2012 Olympics.
Alfred Osborne is Senior Associate Dean of UCLA Anderson. A Stanford alumnus, he is a professor of Global Economics & Management and founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA. He is also an expert in social entrepreneurship who has developed several programs that apply business models to the nonprofit world. Dr. Osborne currently serves as a director of Kaiser Aluminum and the Heckmann Corporation and his present research interests include venture capital and private equity, and the role of the board of directors in private and public corporations. Dr. Osborne's son Alex (also a Stanford alumnus) is representing Team USA at the Olympics as part of the quadruple sculls team.