The VIPP Report: Remembering Wilma Rudolph one of U.S.A’s greatest track and field stars

*PHOTOS: When you open the story you can see the slideshow of photos courtesy Rudolph family

Rudolph set the “gold” medal standard for sprinters

Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin. WHAS11, ABC Louisville

With the Summer Olympics just weeks away, there was an athlete that changed track and field in the 60s.  Did you know that Olympic champion Wilma Rudolph has family in Louisville?  I sit down with her nephews who just know her as Aunt Wilma.

She was an Olympic champion, civil rights activist, coach, educator and mom of four. Born Wilma Glodean Rudolph, a premature baby having pneumonia, scarlet fever and polio. At five she wore a leg brace and could barely walk but was later named the fastest woman in the world.  She was the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympic games back in 1960.  Some of Rudolph’s family lives right here in Louisville. 

Larry Rudolph, Wilma Rudolph’s nephew tells me how they are related. “I am Wilma Rudolph’s nephew.  Wilma and my dad were brothers and sisters.”  Larry and Sammy Rudolph tell me there were 22 children in the family.  Wilma was number 20 and their dad was the first son.  Rudolph was called the Black Pearl, the Chattanooga Choo Choo but if you called her by her childhood nickname you really knew the track and basketball star.

Larry says “Skeeter was her nickname,. They called her Skeeter because she was so small. (Laughter) She was called Skeeter all through college and most people don’t call her Wilma. The ones who really know her called her Skeeter.”

Even as a child she was resilient and turned obstacles into opportunities.  Rudolph says “She had polio and had to wear braces the whole nine. More or less they thought she couldn’t walk again but she proved them all wrong.  And when she finally got to walk and then run she would always race against the boys, would beat the boys. After a while, boys would never want to race her because they  let a girl beat them  and she was that fast.”

Sammy did not know his aunt was an international star until he was in fourth grade. Here’s how he found out.            

“I called my dad. I’m doing a story on a Wilma Rudolph, he said do you know who that is? No sir, that’s your auntie, that’s my sister.  I went back to school telling everybody that Wilma Rudolph was my aunt. I was so proud to have a famous aunt in a book that you read in school. It was just amazing.” 

Larry says his dad actually kept Wilma’s three gold medals from the 1960 Olympics in his Louisville home for years.  “They were in his basement at one time. I remember going to his house and they were hung up in the basement.  They were there for years but to us it was common knowledge and paid no attention it was medals to this day I couldn’t tell you what happen to them.”

Sammy tells me that a young Cassius Clay and Wilma were an item after the Olympics.  He talks about the time when they showed up at his school in Louisville. 

“Well that’s funny. I used to play basketball for Thomas Jefferson High School my junior year and a big limo pulls up outside Wilma Rudolph and Muhammad Ali at the time was Cassius Clay they came to my school to watch me play ball. I was telling everybody that’s my aunt. You don’t know that woman.  I said Aunt Wilma and she came over and gave me a hug  and I got to shake Muhammad Ali’s hand.”

This week, Wilma would have been 81 years old.  She died in 1994 of cancer.  The state of Tennessee recognizes it as Wilma Rudolph Day.  I asked how significant is her legacy?

Larry  says “For a poor Black woman, little Black girl to come up , reach the status she did equivalent it means a lot to the whole town because she put that town on the map Clarksville, TN was known because of Wilma Rudolph.” 

Sammy added by saying “Not only did she win three medals in one games. You realize she was the fastest woman in the world in the 60s.  Its amazing. The fastest woman in the world. So she was the GOAT. She was the goat of track and field.  Its hard to believe coming from what she went through as a kid. To be the fastest woman in the world. It’s just an amazing story.”

“Her name will live forever”

To see the story, click the following link https://www.whas11.com/video/news/local/wilma-rudolphs-louisville-family-reflects-on-her-legacy/417-9257361c-c952-461b-a6cb-2639d21bc52f

Contact Sherlene Shanklin at sherlene@sherleneshanklin.com or follow me on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

The VIPP Report: Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation heads to West Louisville and Portland to celebrate health and wellness

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Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation teams with Rajon Rondo Foundation, Kroger and Norton’s for Health and Wellness Day and Back to School Giveaways

 Louisville (August 1, 2019) It’s the “Countdown to Classes” as many families shift gears to prepare their school-age children for the upcoming school year.  The Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation has teamed with Kroger, and the Rajon Rondo Foundation for the Back to School giveaways Health and Wellness Day.

There will be two days will of fun, fitness inspired activities and free school supplies.  We invite the Portland community to participate in the kick off scheduled for Saturday August 10th with Norton’s Unity Jam at Molly Leonard Portland Community Center located at 640 North 27th Street, Louisville. The Unity Jam is from 10-3p will consist of over 22 vendors and will giveaway over 1,000 free back packs and school supplies.

Then we head to West Louisville on Sunday August 11thWe will be at Kroger at 2710 W. Broadway, Louisville from 3-6p. The event will giveaway over 200 backpacks and school supplies and include Zumba, boot camp, health screenings, dental consultation, kids bounce house, coloring stations and much more.

The Let’s Get Fit Foundation has a mission to combat obesity and instill Health and Wellness through Fitness and Nutrition. Each event is family friendly, Free to the public and includes fitness classes, nutrition stations, health screenings (for obesity related illness), kid zone activities and giveaways. along with other current and former local athletes in attendance and participating.

“Our mission is to not only give back to but to leave a lasting impact by providing resources and community outreach. Being able to help families with back to school supplies while also providing them with a free day of health and wellness that they can apply to their lives moving forward is the least we can do. Just a few weeks ago we mourned the sudden loss of a friend and a mentor in the program Jared Lorenzen.  We want to honor him by continuing with the mission by motivating youth to have a balanced lifestyle.” -Anthony Holt, President of Now Lets Get Fit Foundation.

Sponsors for the event are Kroger, Optup, Powerade Zero, Core Power, Rajon Rondo Foundation, The Little Clinic, and Kare Mobile. The tour will extend to other locations in Louisville, Lexington and surrounding areas the remainder of 2019.

To learn more follow us at https://www.facebook.com/NowLetsGetFit/ or visit our website at www.nowletsgetfit.org.  To be a sponsor and/or volunteer contact Anthony Holt @aholt@nowletsgetfit.com or call 323.365.3371.

If you would like to setup an interview, contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Former UK and NFL player Jared Lorenzen teams up with Rajon Rondo Foundation, Kroger and Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation for Health and Wellness Tour

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Louisville/Lexington (May 7, 2019) Former NFL Quarterback and University of Kentucky Hall of Famer, Jared Lorenzen has teamed with the Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation, Kroger and the Rajon Rondo Foundation for the 2019 Kentucky Health and Wellness Tour.

The tour will kick off Saturday May 18 at Kroger locations in Louisville at 12501 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville Middletown store.

The next day Sunday May 19 will be in Lexington Kroger at 3101 Richmond Rd location.

Both events are from noon-4:00 pm.

Let’s Get Fit Foundation’s mission is to combat obesity and instill Health and Wellness through Fitness and Nutrition. Each event is family friendly, Free to the public and includes fitness classes, nutrition stations, health screenings (for obesity related illness), kid zone activities and giveaways. Jared Lorenzen along with other former local athletes will be in attendance and participating.

“I want to show everyone that it’s never too early or too late to start the journey towards health. I want people to know that if I can do it then you can do it. My goal is to use the tour to put a face to obesity. Each event is a platform that everyone can join, have fun, feel safe to express themselves, get the inspiration and answers on health and wellness they need to make the change in their life.”  Jared Lorenzen.

Prior to Jared’s journey he had reached 500 lbs.  In the last year, he has lost 100 lbs. and counting.  Jared understood that he had to admit that there was an issue and then he got busy to get it.  We invite you to meet Jared and fitness professionals that can show you techniques that can help you and your entire family get fit.

Sponsors for the event are Kroger, Optup, Powerade Zero, Core Power, Rajon Rondo Foundation, The Little Clinic and Planet Mogul. The tour will extend to other locations in Louisville, Lexington and surrounding areas the remainder of 2019.

To learn more follow https://www.facebook.com/TheJaredLorenzenProject/ visit and sign up for Fitness Classes at http://www.nowletsgetfit.eventbrite.com or contact Anthony Holt @aholt@nowletsgetfit.com or call 323.365.3371

If you would like to setup an interview with Jared Lorenzen and/or other team members, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or by phone at 502-295-0435.

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The VIPP Report: Fab Fit Friday features hip hop with cardio

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Your workout will get you on beat with up tempo music and dance moves

 (Louisville, Ky) You have a little more than 100 days into your New Year’s Day resolution.  Are you meeting your goals?  Kick it up a notch and turn up the hits with the Stamina Foundation’s Fit Fab Friday.  A team of fitness and wellness experts will take you through various exercises/routines and give you eating, fitness and supplement advice as well as plenty of moral support and encouragement.

Fab Fit Friday will take place this month on March 29th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Louisville, 1325 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy 40222.

There will be a mini-boot camp starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by Piloxing with B Fitness at 7:30 p.m. with Krystal Kettler.  At 8:15 p.m. its Snatched Fitness Hip Hop with Cardio.  Regardless of your fitness level you will love the regime and you can work at your preferred pace.

There will be vendors on site. So, please be prepared to support in between classes.  We invite you to come out and take control of your resolution by keeping the momentum.  Team Stamina is assisting you with mind, body and spirit by getting you fit and fab in 2019.

To be a part of Fab Fit Friday at the Holiday Inn Louisville on Friday, March 29th.  Tickets are only $15.00.  To register, go to eventbrite.com and search Fab Fit Friday.

The Stamina Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and their generous support to keep the event’s expenses to a minimum while participates can garner the maximum experience.  A special thank you to: The Holiday Inn Louisville, B Fitness, Snatched Fitness, One & Only and Piloxing.

To setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  We also request that you include our event on your community calendars and announcements.

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The VIPP Report: Working out under the twin spires at Churchill Downs its Fab Fit Friday

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With Queen Teddy & area fitness experts as they show you their weight loss techniques

(Louisville, Ky) It’s time to kick your fitness into gear!  The Stamina Foundation presents Fab Fit Friday on Friday, January 25th at Churchill Downs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Multiple fitness and wellness experts take you through a series of classes to assist with weight loss and/or to spice up your normal routine.  

 The queen of dance, Queen Teddy will travel to Louisville to do a 90-minute Dance Fitness Class.  One of her mottos is “If you believe you can, you WILL”.  Queen Teddy has been sharing her weight loss journey with 230 thousand followers on Instagram and now you get a chance to experience how she did it.  

 There will also be a mini fitness and wellness classes hosted by Nika from N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness and Erin Quinlan from Ben & Zen Yoga and Snatched Fitness.  

 We invite you to come out and jumpstart your fitness routine in a supportive, motivational and inspirational atmosphere where we can help you stay and/or get fit and fab in 2019.  

 While you cool down and/or wait for your class to begin.  There will be vendors on site for you to support.  

img_39301(1)To be a part of Fab Fit Friday at Churchill Downs on Friday, January 25th tickets are $30.00.  To register, go to http://www.ashleydanderson.com/events. 

The event is made possible due to the generous supporter of Churchill Downs, Republic Bank, N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness, Ben & Zen Yoga, Snatched Fitness, Queen Teddy and the Stamina Foundation.   

To setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  We also request that you include our event on your community calendars and announcements.    

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The VIPP Report: The Dance Queen comes to Louisville to get you fab & fit under the twin spires

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Queen Teddy and area fitness experts show you how to lose weight the proper way

(Louisville, KY) It’s time to kick your fitness into gear!  The Stamina Foundation presents Fab Fit Friday on Friday, January 25th at Churchill Downs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Multiple fitness and wellness experts take you through a series of classes to assist with weight loss and/or to spice up your normal routine.

The queen of dance, Queen Teddy will travel to Louisville to do a 90-minute Dance Fitness Class.  One of her mottos is “If you believe you can, you WILL”.  Queen Teddy has been sharing her weight loss journey with 230 thousand followers on Instagram and now you get a chance to experience how she did it.

There will also be a mini fitness and wellness classes hosted by Nika from N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness and Erin Quinlan from Ben & Zen Yoga and Snatched Fitness.

We invite you to come out and jump start your fitness routine in a supportive, motivational and inspirational atmosphere where we can help you stay and/or get fit and fab in 2019.

While you cool down and/or wait for your class to begin.  There will be vendors on site for you to support.

To be a part of Fab Fit Friday at Churchill Downs on Friday, January 25th tickets are $30.00.  To register, go to www.ashleydanderson.com/events.

The event is made possible due to the generous supporter of Churchill Downs, N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness, Ben & Zen Yoga, Snatched Fitness, Queen Teddy and the Stamina Foundation.

To setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info at vippcommunications dot com.  We also request that you include our event on your community calendars and announcements.

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The VIPP Report: Former NFL & U of L facility to give youth a leg up on the competition

 

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(Louisville, KY) Super Student Athletes Inc. and their Executive Director Mario Urrutia will officially cut the ribbon to their new LIFE facility.  The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. located at 222 Eiler Avenue.

Community leaders and members that influenced Urrutia will be present to celebrate with the former NFL standout and University of Louisville football star.  Urrutia was drafted in 2008 by the Cincinnati Bengals.  He went on to play for the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also had a very successful career in arena football. In 2013, he was named AFL Rookie of the Year.  The Fern Creek High School graduate decided to return to Louisville to help those who helped him by giving back to his community.

The Super Student Athletes LIFE Center will provide opportunities for youth to learn a variety of lifetime skills focusing on education, community and healthy living.

Urrutia says “My passion is assisting the total athlete from academics to being the best YOU, both on and off the field.  I’m passionate about giving youth a fighting chance to be successful.  It’s really hard for many to concentrate literally on anything because of their particular circumstances.  I have created a safe haven where they can achieve with no distractions because everyone at the LIFE Center all have the same goal and that’s to be successful.”

The program will begin promptly at 11:00 am and will last approximately an hour followed by a tour.

Also on Friday, January 20th, at 6:00 p.m. also at the LIFE Center, there will be a private cocktail event to thank our sponsors and potential donors for their support. Local media outlets are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and cocktail event. Please confirm your attendance so can accommodate you properly.

If you would like to setup an interview with Mario Urrutia and/or board members please contact us by calling 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

To learn more about Super Student Athletes and how you can help go to http://www.superstudentathletes.org.

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