The UNC Asheville Athletics Department is pleased to announce that three-time Olympian Gold Medalist Nancy Hogshead-Makar will be the headline speaker for the Our Turn to Play Luncheon on April 15 at the Wilma M. Sherrill Center on the campus of UNC Asheville.


The luncheon’s primary goal is to generate support for the UNC Asheville student-athlete scholarship fund.  The event honors women as champions and leaders. Information on how to buy tickets and the rest of the speaker lineup will be announced at a later date.


Last year’s speaker was former Olympic track and field champion Marion Jones.


Hogshead-Makar enjoyed an outstanding swimming career before embarking on an equally impressive career as a civil rights attorney.


Hogshead-Makar capped eight years as a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three Gold medals and one Silver medal. She had been undefeated in all her high school and college dual meets. Her career also was highlighted by having earned the Nathan Mallison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, and the prestigious Kiphuth Award, given to the best all-around swimmer nationally.


Nancy has been inducted into 12 halls of fame for her swimming accomplishments, including the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2000, Sports Illustrated ranked her as Florida’s 13th greatest athlete of the 20th century (third-greatest female). 


Hogshead-Makar has a 29-year history with the Women’s Sports Foundation. She started as a volunteer college intern, becoming its third President from 1992-94 and the organization's legal advisor from 2003-10. She currently serves as its Senior Director of Advocacy. 


Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics, written numerous scholarly and lay articles, and has been a frequent guest on national news programs on the topic, including "60 Minutes", Fox News, CNN, ESPN, NPR and network morning news programming. She serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and writes amicus briefs representing athletic organizations in precedent-setting litigation.


Since 2003, she has been the Co-Chair of American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women. She was elected to the editorial board of the JOURNAL OF INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORT in 2009. She also is on the Advisory Board of the Association of Title IX Coordinators (ATIXA) and the Aspen Institute's Sport and Society program.