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UPDATE: Date Changed for Olympic Swimmer’s Clarke Lecture

September 28, 2016: An appearance at Clarke University by three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin has been rescheduled.

Ervin was originally scheduled to speak at Clarke in October, but has now qualified to compete in the 2016 Swimming World Cup events in Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong during that timeframe.

The new date for Ervin’s Clarke appearance is Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center. General admissions tickets are $10. Tickets are free for K-12 students. If you have already ordered tickets for the October date, or have any other questions, call (563)588-6377.

Ervin, who won two gold medals in the Rio Games, will talk about his inspiring and incredible journey when he speaks at Clarke University as part of the Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series. Ervin’s lecture is titled “Morality of Wellness.”

Ervin, 35, won the 50-meter freestyle and was part of the Gold Medal 4 x 100 freestyle relay in Rio. Ervin also won a gold medal in the 50 freestyle at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and is a former world record holder in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Ervin also qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in the 50 freestyle.

After winning Olympic gold in Sydney, two World Championships, and seven NCAA titles, Ervin retired at the young age of 22. He then spent several years traveling the world and exploring other interests, including his higher education, music, tattoos, teaching people all over the world about swimming, and tsunami flood relief. His vision is to use his experiences and his platform as a chance to give back and inspire people of all ages to live the life they love.

Ervin's story is especially unique in that he is the first swimmer of African American descent, along with Jewish heritage, to make the U.S. Olympic team. He also grew up with Tourette’s syndrome. Over the years, Ervin has grown to embrace his place in the world as an opportunity to reach out and give back. Ervin’s memoir, Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian, was released this spring.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.

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