EVENT CANCELED: Coach portrayed in 'Remember the Titans' to speak for The Forum

| Jessica Valentino

EVENT CANCELED: The Forum presentation by Herman Boone, previously scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at UW-Eau Claire, has been canceled. Due to health concerns, Boone is unable to travel. Ticketholders may receive a refund or apply their ticket fees to a future Forum or Artists Series event by contacting UW-Eau Claire's Service Center.

Herman Boone, the football coach who inspired the powerful 2000 film "Remember the Titans," will present "Lessons in Diversity” as part of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Forum series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in Schofield Auditorium.

Boone is recognized as one of the first coaches to integrate black and white high school football players within the same team. Despite the significant racial tension of the 1970s, Boone assisted in bringing together rival high schools to form T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Boone overcame adversity in order to lead the Titans to the state football championship.

Boone has since retired from coaching but continues his legacy of uniting young athletes through his presentations. His positive attitude continues to instill respect, teamwork and community involvement within the minds of young athletes.

Tickets for Boone's presentation are available online and at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center. Tickets also can be purchased at the door the day of the event or by calling 715-836-4636.

Immediately following The Forum presentation, a reception will be held in The Dulany Inn of Davies Center, where refreshments will be provided.

The Forum, now in its 75th season, is funded by UW-Eau Claire student segregated fees. Speakers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office and by an administrative committee composed of students, faculty, staff and community members. General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

For more information about Boone’s lecture and future Forum presentations, visit The Forum website.