Feb. 8, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - During the month of February, the University of Wisconsin Athletics program will highlight several athletes and historic moments in recognition of Black History Month. As part of this celebration, current student-athletes have recorded public-service announcements focusing on former UW African-American athletes.
Today Alexix Mitchell, student-athlete and volleyball player at the University of Wisconsin, talks about Lee Kemp, the first and only Wisconsin wrestler to win three NCAA championships, and the first African-American three-time national champion in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
To listen to the 60-second PSA or to listen to past student-athlete recordings click here.
To read more about Lee Kemp, click here. An Olympic qualifier in the year the USA boycotted the Olympics in 1980, Kemp had to wait until 2008 to make it to the Olympics as an assistant coach. Kemp is a charter member of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame, and a successful business man in Chicago.
To learn more about Wisconsin's African-American athletics heritage see the special section Celebrating Wisconsin's Black History section which includes an historic timeline, stories of athlete pioneers, newspaper articles, photos and biographies on many former UW African-American athletes.
The Big Ten Conference has also continued its celebration of the conference's African-American heritage and will feature daily news articles on prominent Big Ten Conference athletes.
The UW Athletic program salutes Lee Kemp, a former student-athlete who has a special place in Badger history. For more on UW Athletics' African-American heritage, visit UWBadgers.com throughout the month of February.