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Nancy Kerrigan to be Honored; Kwan Graduates DU; New Coach for Zhang

THE TRADITION

Nancy Kerrigan will be honored by The Sports Museum at its signature summer fundraiser, The Tradition. The gala event celebrates the legends of Boston sports. Presented by New Balance in association with NESN, this unique event will be held June 24 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Garden, on level 3 on the arena floor.

The event will feature an awards ceremony and reception. All proceeds from The Tradition benefit The Sports Museum.

The Tradition will feature these presenters and honorees:

* Dr. William Morgan will present Curt Schilling with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

* Bill Belichick will present Troy Brown with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

* Jerry Solomon will present Nancy Kerrigan with the Figure Skating Legacy Award.

* Mike Lynch, WCVB sports anchor, will present Jack Parker and Jerry York with the Special Achievement Award.

* Aubre Jones and Bill Russell will present Sam Jones with the Basketball Legacy Award.

* Milt Schmidt will present Ken Hodge with the Hockey Legacy Award.

The Sports Museum is a non-profit educational institution that has served Boston and New England for more than 30 years. Located on Levels 5 and 6 of the TD Banknorth Garden, The Sports Museum preserves and showcases the distinctly rich sports heritage of New England through an unparalleled collection of artifacts, multi-media, works of art, and interactive exhibits - and uses all of that to help build character and teach the values of leadership, respect, and
cooperation to our youth.

For more details and ticket information, visit www.sportsmuseum.org.

THE GRADUATE

Michelle Kwan has earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies with a minor in political science. The ceremony was held June 6.

“It was a turning point in my life when I came to DU,” Kwan said. “From seventh grade on, I had tutors while I was training and competing, and it was a big transition to go from full-time skating to full-time student.”

Kwan enrolled in DU in 2006 and shortly thereafter was named America’s first Public Diplomacy Envoy by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In this role, Kwan has visited Argentina, China, Russia and Ukraine with a focus on promoting an understanding of America by sharing her story in a cross-cultural dialogue with international youth. Under President Obama's new administration team, Kwan will continue to travel on behalf of the United States.

Kwan has been accepted into the international affairs graduate program at Tufts University’s Fletcher School in Medford, Mass. She has not yet decided if she will enroll there this fall.

ZHANG TO WORK WITH WONG

Caroline Zhang, the 2007 World Junior champion and 2009 U.S. bronze medalist has ended her four-year professional relationship with coach Mingzhu Li and will train with Charlene Wong.

"I feel that I need a change to further improve my skating, so I have chosen to work with Charlene. I feel she will be able to add a new dimension to my skating, " Zhang said.

Zhang had trained with Li since 2005.


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