Rowing to christen boat in honor of former Gov. Ann Richards on April 7 at Town Lake
WHAT: Christening of The University of Texas Varsity Eight boat "Ann Richards". There will be a ceremony and refreshments.
WHY: To remember and honor former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Annís eldest granddaughter, Lily Adams, will represent the family in this ceremony and serve as honorary coxswain.
WHERE: Join the Texas rowing team, UT rowing head coach Carie Graves and her staff along with the Richardsí family at The University of Texas Rowing Center on Town Lake.
WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2007 (to take place rain or shine)
∑ Richardsí passion for politics was born at Texas along with her love for UT womenís basketball. The former governor was a great friend of The University and its womenís athletics programs. She died on Sept. 13, 2006 of esophageal cancer.
∑ The Ann Richards boat will be housed at the Texas Rowing Center alongside shells named for six additional prominent figures: Donna A. Lopiano, currently the chief executive officer of the Womenís Sports Foundation and former Womenís Athletics Director at Texas (1975-1992); Barbara Jordan, former Professor of Public Policy at The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and former U.S. Congresswoman from Texas; Dr. Sheila Rice, the first Director of Academic Services for UT Women's Athletics; Dr. Lorene Rogers, the first UT woman president (1974-1975, interim, 1975-1979); Dr. Edwin Sharpe, UT Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Administration; and Ilrey Althea Sparks, a former UT women's athletics academic counselor who died tragically in a December 2002 car accident.
Comments from Texas Womenís Athletics Director Christine Plonsky: We are so pleased that Ann's family is participating in this ceremony and that her eldest grandchild, Lily Adams, will be present. Ann was such a champion of women's sports, education for women and opportunities for advancement for women. These are all the things that are part of the intercollegiate athletics experience.
Many of our staff members and coaches were fortunate to get to know Ann and Lily, practically watching Lily grow up as a Lady Longhorns fan. It is so appropriate that this boat is christened the "Ann Richards," that Lily -- an experienced rower -- will be our honorary coxswain, and that the shell will pull by the Ann Richards Bridge over Town Lake.
Comments from Texas Rowing Head Coach Carie Graves: When I first came to Texas, I thought it would be great for our program to name our boats after strong Texas women. Ann Richards certainly fits the criteria. We have named our boats for some tremendous women of influence and I know our rowers are very proud to row in these boats named after these influential women.
Our new boat arrived this fall just a few days before Ann Richards passed away. After hearing of her passing, I told the team that the new boat would be the ĎAnn Richardsí. Nearly half of our team grew up in Texas and the legacy that Ann set forward for all of the young women in the state of Texas is especially meaningful.