HENDERSON, TENN. – MAY 14, 2018 – Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton will speak at Freed-Hardeman University’s 54th Annual Benefit Dinner Dec. 7, 2018, in Loyd Auditorium. The event raises funds for scholarships at FHU.
Arguably the world’s most famous figure skater, Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including a Gold Medal in 1984 at the Saravejo Olympics. He is a member of the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
“We are so excited to welcome Scott Hamilton to the FHU campus,” university President David Shannon said. “Scott consistently proves that good guys don’t finish last. His courage in fighting cancer personally, as well as his leadership in raising funds to help survivors and to aid in research, has inspired many. He sets a worthy example for all of us.”
Since retiring from competition, Hamilton has been an analyst, commentator, performer, producer and best-selling author. He inspires others as a speaker, humanitarian and survivor of both brain cancer and a pituitary brain tumor.
After losing his mother to cancer and surviving it himself, Hamilton became an activist. He launched the Scott Hamilton CARES (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) Foundation and founded Chemocare.com and the 4thAngel Mentoring Program. Events such as An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends and Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer also raise funds for cancer research.
Hamilton has written three books: “Landing It: My Life On and Off the Ice” (1999), “The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (even when you have every reason to be miserable)” (2009) and the just released “Finish First: Winning Changes Everything.”
The benefit dinner is the primary source of scholarship funding for FHU. For the past 18 years, it has raised in excess of $1 million annually.