Mark Madsen to Participate in Youth Sports Festival on June 25

June 13, 2005

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Former Cardinal All-America Mark Madsen, currently a member of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, will take part in the Youth Sports Festival and Seminars hosted by Stanford University on June 25, 2005. Madsen, Stanford class of 2000, will be one of several former Stanford student-athletes taking part in one of two seminars as well as a panel discussion for children on the role sports played in their lives.

The Youth Sports Festival and Seminars is a community outreach event that offers sports clinics hosted by Stanford coaches and student-athletes, two seminars focusing on sports and society, a 'festival' of sports activities in which children are invited to participate and a panel discussion in which some of Stanford's all-time great athletes will discuss how sports impacted their lives.

The event is free and open to the public. Children 8-14 can participate in free sports clinics in baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. Also included is an all-comers swim meet for kids 6-14 and a tennis tournament for kids 10-14.

Madsen will take part in a seminar titled, 'Sports and Goodness in Life.' The seminar will focus on the following questions: Does participation in competitive sports encourage the living of an ethical life? If one learns to bend the rules to win a game, does that lead to bending the rules in business and other aspects of life? How can the sports experience be structured so it contributes optimally to the development of 'good citizens'? Does the win-at-all-cost culture of professional sports make it more difficult for youth athletes to take away the 'right' lessons from competing in sports?

During his four years on the Farm, Madsen accumulated a number of honors and awards, including being named All-America following his junior and senior season. He was also a two-time First-Team All-Pac 10 pick and a two-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection. He left Stanford ranked among the school's all-time top 10 in field goal percentage (#2), blocked shots (#4), rebounds (#6) and free throw attempts (#8). As a senior he led the Pac 10 in rebounds (9.4) and field goal percentage (.587).

After graduating in 2000 with bachelor's degrees in economics and Spanish, Madsen was selected by the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers with the 29th pick in the 2000 NBA Draft. He was a member of two NBA Championship teams with Los Angeles, during which he became a fan favorite at the Staples Center due to his remarkable tenacity and energy off of the bench. Madsen joined Minnesota as a free agent after the 2002-2003 season.

Register Nowfor The Youth Sports Festival and Seminars at Stanford University.

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