Presidents impact all areas of life, including sports. Theodore Roosevelt is credited with saving football. William Howard Taft had a bad morning at the office in 1910 as women demanded the right to vote and he fled to watch a baseball game which would become the first ever Presidential opener. FDR, JFK and LBJ all had sports impacts. Richard Nixon opened up China because of sports. Jimmy Carter used sports as leverage in dealing with the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. There are other times when Presidential decisions were made with a sports calculus in mind.
Join in on this fun-fact-filled lecture through Zoom! The free program will be presented by journalist Evan Weiner and is sponsored by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Register at bit.ly/vplsports to get access the Zoom session, which will be Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 pm CT.
Please register by Sept. 16. Visit the Vermillion Public Library website at www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org for details on all the services we offer, or call 605-677-7060.