Celebrating Black History Month



Tony Dungy
A Man of Family, Faith and Football
Posted Feb. 8, 2007

Albert Einstein once penned, "Try not to become a man of success but rather a man of value."

Tony Dungy has worked hard to become a man of both attributes.  MORE>>> 

Shani Marks
Making Her Mark on Minnesota
Posted Feb. 22, 2007

Three-time All-American and five-time All-Big Ten recipient Shani Marks made her "mark" on what would be a stellar Big Ten career, while also becoming one of the most highly decorated track and field athletes in Minnesota history. During her collegiate career in Minneapolis, Marks rewrote the record books in the triple jump five times en route to earning both indoor and outdoor All-America honors.  MORE>>> 

Linda Roberts
Gopher Student-Athletes in Good Hands
Posted Feb. 4, 2008

When most people talk about Linda Roberts in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, they probably talk about her phenomenal basketball playing days from the late 70's into the early 80's. This stands to reason, since she was a three-time team MVP, earned All-America honors in 1981 and has her jersey hanging from the rafters inside Williams Arena.  MORE>>> 

Sandy Stephens
The Golden Leader
Posted Feb. 18, 2008

As a freshman on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Sandy Stephens pinned up a picture of the Rose Bowl on his dorm room wall, a room that he shared with friend Judge Dickson. Fellow teammate Bob Deegan stopped into their room one day and noticed the picture on the wall and asked what it was. Stephens informed him that it was a picture of a crowd during the Rose Bowl, where the Golden Gophers were going to play during his career.  MORE>>> 

Corinne Bolder
Tears of Joy
Posted Feb. 16, 2009

Corinne Bolder did not begin her stellar soccer career with a hat trick, a game-winning goal or even a shining moment where she knew she would one day play collegiately. The once shy and undersized child actually cried in her first ever soccer match. Fortunately for her and the Minnesota Gophers, Bolder would soon shed the tears and begin to play the game at an elite level.  MORE>>> 

Jim Brewer
A Champion in Many Ways
Posted Feb. 19, 2009

Three-time Most Valuable Player. Team captain. Champion. Jim "Papa" Brewer was all of those and much more.

Brewer arrived in Minneapolis, Minn., after a successful prep career at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Ill. He averaged 15 points and 16 rebounds in 1969 as he led his team to a state championship during his senior season. He was unanimously selected as a first-team All-State player and selected as "Mr. Basketball" in Illinois.  MORE>>> 

Bobby Bell
The Coachable One
Posted Feb. 2, 2010

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jim Lynch said this of teammate Bobby Bell: "He was the best athlete I've ever physically seen until Bo Jackson came to Kansas City to play for the Royals."  MORE>>> 

Liz Alabi
Daring to Dream
Posted Feb. 19, 2010

Author G. Kingsley Ward once said, "dare to dream, dare to try, dare to fail, dare to succeed."

Liz Alabi did just that throughout her four years as a track and field standout at Minnesota, but now she takes this quote to heart.  MORE>>> 

Darrell Thompson
The Golden Mentor
Posted Feb. 3, 2011

Twenty-one years after playing his last game for the University of Minnesota football team, Darrell Thompson is still making big gains in the Twin Cities. Now he is doing it as the executive director at Bolder Options, an activity-based one-to-one mentoring program for 10 to 14-year-olds who have usually had their first brush with the law. MORE>>> 

Crystal Flint
For the Love of the Game
Posted Feb. 19-20, 2011

Whether it's officiating, her work in the University of Minnesota's Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence or even her sixth grade boys travel basketball team, recruiting never seems to stop for Crystal Flint.  MORE>>>