Former Olympian to Reflect on Time at WTAMU
Dr. Michael Boit, visiting professor of sports and exercise sciences, will discuss his work at Kenyatta University and reflect on his year at West Texas A&M University in a public lecture at noon Thursday, April 15 in the Agriculture and Natural Sciences Building, Room 101 on campus.
Boit, a native of Kenya, won an Olympic Bronze in the 1972 Munich Olympics in the 800 meters and was ranked number one in the world in 1975. Olympic boycotts prevented him from competing in two Olympic Games, but he won a Gold in the 800 meters in 1978 at the Commonwealth Games at Edmonton, Canada.
He is a co-founder of Kenya Scholar-Athlete Project which has assisted more than 60 students from poor rural communities to gain admission to such top universities as Harvard, Yale and MIT. Boit is a member of the Board of Trustees for Mathare Youth Sport Association, a project that targets children in city slums. He is an associate professor of sport science at Kenyatta University in Kenya. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree from Stanford. He earned his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Oregon.
For the past nine months, Boit has been an active member of the WTAMU faculty, teaching undergraduate classes, helping with a speaker through the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series and spearheading the drafting of a proposal for the Federal Initiative Program. He’s also been involved in recruiting for WTAMU’s track and field and soccer programs, targeting students from Nairobi and the Rift Valley, an area known for distance running in Kenya.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 806-651-2370.