Women's Basketball Celebrates MLK National Holiday By Attending The 28th Annual Peace Breakfast

Jan. 18, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Members of the Oregon State women's basketball team attended the 28th annual Peace Breakfast, held Monday morning in the MU Ballroom on the University campus.

The event, which lasted an hour and a half, was held as the nation celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on this national holiday. The Office of Community and Diversity sponsored the event, and had various speakers from campus, including President Dr. Ed Ray, and Dr. Terryl Ross, the Director of the Office of Community and Diversity.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Richard Lapchick, who is with the DeVos Sports Business Management Institute for Diversity and Ethics. Lapchick is a regular columnist for espn.com and the Sports Business Journal. He has written 14 books, and given more than 2,750 speeches. He is considered one of the nation's leading experts on sport and social issues.

His keynote speech was entitled 'The Door To Equality Is Voice Activated.'

'I enjoyed the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Breakfast that we attended as a team,' sophomore Brittany Kennedy said. 'It's great to go to events in the community and witness how far our country has progressed in equality. The guest speaker, Dr. Richard Lapchick, was great to listen to and hear what a leader is, and for him to share his experiences to young people like myself.'

Said freshman Kate Lanz: 'This was my first MLK breakfast and I really enjoyed seeing the community come together on such an important day in our nation's history. I was moved by Dr. Lapchick's testimony of his experiences with racial inequality. As a member of a sports team, I was able to relate to his insight about how sports enables people to come together, despite different histories, to work together toward a common goal.'

Oregon State returns home this week for two consecutive games at legendary Gill Coliseum. First up is a 7 p.m. PT contest against No. 2 Stanford Thursday night.

Tickets are still available for the game. Reserved tickets for individual women's basketball games are $10, while general admission for adults is $7 and senior/youth is $5.

Single-game and season tickets are available by visiting osubeavers.com, calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by visiting the ticket office at Gill Coliseum.

For those who can't make it to the game, catch it live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area. A full audio and video stream is also available at Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan will call all the action.

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