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Release: June 14, 2000

Ted Wheeler scholarship golf tourney is scheduled for June 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The inaugural Ted Wheeler Scholarship Fund golf tournament, a planned annual event that will raise money to fund scholarships for UI students, begins with open tee times starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 17 at the University of Iowa Finkbine Golf Course.

Incoming freshman Russell Dixon will be introduced to tournament participants as the third recipient of the scholarship. Dixon, an honor student graduate of Waterloo East High School, will begin courses this fall at the UI as a pre-med and Honors Program member.

The scholarship fund was initiated in 1998 by Wheeler, a retired UI head track coach, who, in announcing the fund, said he wanted to give today's students life-building opportunities similar to the ones he experienced as a UI student.

A number of Wheeler's Iowa track teammates will join him for the golf tournament, including 1956 and 1960 U.S. Olympian Deacon Jones. Wheeler qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1952 and in 1956, the year he competed in the Games in Australia. Wheeler graduated from the UI in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in political science and served as UI head track coach from 1978 to 1996.

The tournament cost is $50 for 18 holes (includes cart); $15 of each entry will go toward the scholarship fund. Participants can pre-register by sending a check for $50 payable to the Ted Wheeler Scholarship Fund c/o UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-2550 (attention: Tom DePrenger). Registration on the day of the tournament will begin at 9 a.m.

Persons unable to attend the event but wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund can do so by making contributions payable to the Ted Wheeler Scholarship Fund and sending them to the address previously noted. The tournament is sponsored by the University of Iowa African-American Council. For more information, contact Tom DePrenger at the UI Foundation, (319) 335-3305 or Joe Knight, for the African American Council, at (319) 335-3991.