Category Archives: Jake McCandless ’51 PVC Speaker Series

Event Recap: Women’s Athletics Speaker Series

As part of our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Women’s Athletics at Princeton, Princeton Athletics and the PVC recently hosted two virtual speaker series events featuring a number of our incredible Tiger alumnae leaders.   INVESTING IN WOMEN’S ATHLETICS Our most recent installment of the Jake McCandless ’51 PVC Speaker Series featured NWSL franchise co-founders and owners Angie Knighton Long ’97 ... Read More »

Jake McCandless ’51 Speaker Series features Erik Weihenmayer

The Princeton Varsity Club welcomed Erik Weihenmayer to campus on Wednesday, October 10th as part of the Jake McCandless ’51 PVC Speaker Series. Erik is a truly inspiring person whose accomplishments are vast, including being the only blind person to climb the Seven Summits and earning recent recognition as one of the 25 greatest adventurers in the last 25 years after ... Read More »

Brett Ledbetter: What Drives Winning

The Princeton Varsity Club is excited to welcome Brett Ledbetter, author of What Drives Winning and thought partner for some of the top coaches in college and professional sports, to Princeton’s campus on Wednesday, April 11th as part of this year’s Jake McCandless ’51 PVC Speaker Series. Mr. Ledbetter, a former basketball student-athlete, specializes in building team cohesion and character ... Read More »

Chris Young ’02, Will Venable ’05, Ross Ohlendorf ’05, & David Hale ’11

Young, Venable, Ohlendorf and Hale have all experienced success in Major League Baseball, after each having standout athletic careers at Princeton. Chris Young ’02 Young excelled in both baseball and basketball at Princeton and was named the Ivy League’s first male two-sport Rookie of the Year. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2000 ... Read More »

Mark Edmundson

Edmundson is the author of seven books, including “Teacher, the One who Made the Difference” (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), “Why Read?” and “The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of the Kings of Rock and Roll.” His newest book–”Why Teach?”–will be published by Bloomsbury in the Fall of 2013. He has written essays about sports for ... Read More »

John Carlos

John Carlos, an Olympic and Pan-American Games medal winner and NCAA Champion, made waves across the world when he and fellow American Tommie Smith raised their black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete and professional football player, and a founding member of the ... Read More »

John Doar ’44

John Doar ’44 placed himself squarely at the center of the civil rights movement from 1960-1967 as an attorney with the United States Justice Department and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Doar was by James Meredith’s side as he repeatedly attempted to register as the first black student at the University of Mississippi in 1962. After he enrolled, he stayed with Meredith ... Read More »

Chris Thomforde ’69

The Princeton Varsity Club proudly welcomed Dr. Chris Thomforde ’69 back to Old Nassau as part of the Jake McCandless ’51 PVC speaker Series, on November 9th, 2010. He delivered his address, “Education for a Balanced Life,” at 7:30 PM at Dodds Auditorium, located inside Robertson Hall. Dr. Thomforde was a three-year letterman on the Princeton Men’s Basketball team (1966-1969), winning Ivy League titles ... Read More »

Karen Smyers ’83

Until 1997, Karen Smyers led a charmed career in the sport of triathlon. Her achievements included World Championships titles in 1990, 1995, and 1996, the Professional National Champion title for six consecutive years, a gold medal at the 1995 Pan Am Games, the Triathlon Pro Tour in 1993 and 1994, the World Cup Series in 1991, and a dramatic come-from-behind ... Read More »

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