Former Olympic champion Shannon Miller and retired NBA player for the Boston Celtics Chris Herren recently were announced to be the keynote speakers for this year’s 24th Annual Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards which is happening on June 26th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The two of them have epic stories to tell from both their athletic and personal lives that are sure to captivate the audience and teach all those present a thing or two about adversity. It will be a very special day for everyone at the function and no doubt a memorable experience.
Miller was only a young teen when she began to compete in gymnastics internationally, as she and her mother went to Russia in 1989 specifically for a camp to showcase up and coming talent in the sport. The 1995 Pan gold medalist won her first World Championship in 1991 at the young age of 14, and that is when her name really started to take off from there. Miller’s first Olympic appearance was in the 1992 Barcelona games, but she only managed to achieve a silver medal at best which gave her the drive to get the gold four years later.
The Massachusetts native, Herren, played for both Boston College and Fresno State during his collegiate years, and had failed a few drug tests during his time there. Due to not passing a drug test for Boston College and getting expelled, he then transferred to Fresno State to play basketball but ended up failing yet another drug test that led to his submission to rehab. After doing two months of recovery at a professional facility he returned to the Fresno State team and was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 1999 NBA draft.
Miller and Herren will be teaming up to be the speakers at this year’s annual Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards this summer, so be sure to attend if you are going to be in town!
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