Get in the Game: A Conversation on Sports and Social Change

Sep 18, 2018

Tuesday, Sept. 18
6 p.m.
LBJ Auditorium

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Friends members are invited to join us for an evening with Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and Nate Boyer, a former active-duty Green Beret and NFL player. The conversation will be moderated by Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation.

This conversation is part of our programming to promote the exhibition Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports, on view at the LBJ Presidential Library through Sunday, Jan. 13. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of athlete activism by highlighting iconic men and women – from Jackie Robinson and Billie Jean King to Colin Kaepernick and Ibtihaj Muhammad – who have broken barriers and spoken out for equality, on and off the playing field.

About Our Panelists
Ibtihaj Muhammad is a fencer, the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games and the first female Muslim American to medal at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in the women's sabre team event. Named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, she serves as a sports ambassador for the U.S. State Department, co-founded Athletes for Impact and the clothing company Louella, and inspired the first hijabi Barbie in her likeness.

Nate Boyer is a former active-duty Green Beret, philanthropist and community leader, and a former member of the Seattle Seahawks.

In his twenties, Boyer volunteered to do relief work in Darfur and later served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning a Bronze Star. After his military service, Boyer became a walk-on long snapper for The University of Texas at Austin football team. He briefly played with the Seattle Seahawks and has continued his humanitarian work across the globe. Among his most notable efforts are with the Waterboys organization and Merging Vets and Players.

Boyer played an unexpected role in one of today's most well-known sports protest controversies. During the 2016 NFL preseason games, Colin Kaepernick, then a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, sat on the bench during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Kaepernick explained his action as a protest against racial injustice. In response to the protest, Boyer published an open letter to Kaepernick. (That letter can be found in our Get in the Game exhibition.) Kaepernick reached out to Boyer, and the two met to discuss their perspectives on the protest. As a result of their discussion, Kaepernick decided to kneel during the National Anthem in an effort to show more respect to current and former military members, while still spotlighting the social issues that led to his protest.

Book Signing and Reception
Prior to the event, The Store at LBJ will host Muhammad for a book signing of PROUD: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream. Book sales and signing will be held in the upper auditorium lobby from 5-5:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the LBJ Presidential Library.

PROUD by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Following the program, Friends will have an opportunity to explore the Get in the Game exhibition and enjoy a reception.

To RSVP
We are not currently accepting reservations. Friends members at the Individual and above level will receive an email invitation about four weeks in advance and may make a reservation at that time.

Location and Parking
The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Parking details will be posted later.

The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare, the Ford Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
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Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
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(512) 721-0198


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