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Monday, July 20, 1998 - The Michigan Daily - 15
*No Goodwill for Wolverines

From staff and wire reports
Let the games begin - but not for
any Michigan athletes
No, not those games. Some
Michigan athletes actually compete
in the Olympics.
The other games are the Goodwill
games, touted as the alternative to
the Olympic experience, offering
money as well as gold medals, to
winners.
Revelry, fireworks and songs were
scheduled Saturday to open the
games' 15 days of multi-sport com-
petition. The games have generated
little interest in the New York area,
where the Yankees, the Mets, Mary
Albert and even off-season hockey
deals have dominated the news.
More than 1,300 athletes from 60
countries - but no Michigan ath-
letes - representing sports such as
swimming, gymnastics and ice skat-
ing (yes, even in the summer), are
expected to compete in the games.
Chris Fox might
be better remem-
bered for his
assault of Robert
Thomas last June
than for his two
NCAA titles and
3.4 GPA.
MARGARET MYERS/Daoly
FOX
Continued from Page 13
Berenson has always stressed the
importance of both academics and
athletics.
Recognizing that very few of his
players will ever go on to lucrative
careers in the NHL, Berenson has
always stressed the importance of a
college degree.
And above all else, Berenson has
always stressed the importance of
being a good person. With the excep-
tion of this single incident, Fox has
been one of the players who has most
embodied Berenson's ideal of a true
student-athlete.
Over his four years at Michigan,
Fox, who graduated with a 3.4 GPA,
pursued his studies with the same
vigor that he put into hockey, despite
the immense time his difficult cur-
riculum - he hopes to attend med-
ical school - demanded of him.
On the ice, Fox played sparingly
for the first three years of his career,

And the entertainment was expect-
ed to be as mixed as the competition
with teen singing-sensation Brandy,
gospel singers BeBe and CeCe
Winans, pop band Hootie and the
Blowfish and Ray Charles, the
grandfather of rhythm and blues.
Even a few Broadway stars were
expected.
The Goodwill games were found-
ed by Ted Turner as an olive branch
to athletes after the Olympic boy-
cotts in 1980 and 1984 by the United
States and the Soviet Union, respec-
tively.
Some of the proceeds will go to
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America
to develop programs and activities
for youngsters.
Vice President Al Gore got into
the act, taping a message to the ath-
letes during a Saturday morning visit
to The Children's Aid Society Boys
& Girls Club in Harlem to be played
at the opening ceremonies.

Gore refereed a relay race along
with Olympic gold medal hurdler
Allen Johnson and former NCAA
half-mile champion Joetta Clark,
both of whom are expected to com-
pete in the games.
The vice president also shot hoops
with teenagers, drawing cheers from
the crowds when he sunk two con-
secutive 3-point shots.
"They told me no dunking today,"
Gore said to the crowd after 14-year-
old John Jemmett slammed a basket-
ball into the hoop.
But the real competition started
yesterday, with big names like
Olympic champs Michael Johnson,
Alexander Popov, Dan O'Brien and
Jackie Joyner-Kersee on hand.
Ticket sales have not been impres-
sive, with less than a third of the
600,000 available sold by the end of
last week. The Games are spread out
at various venues in New York City

Stacey Thomas and the USA Basketball Team dished out some punishment during
their European vacation, winning seven of eight games.

THOMAS
Continued from Page 13
nament, a 78-64 win over Puerto
Rico.
After being named an alternate on
last year's USA Basketball Junior
National team, Thomas finally got
the opportunity to play for the red,
white and blue.
Thanks to that experience, Thomas
has gotten valuable experience to use
this winter for the maize and blue.

With the graduation of center
Pollyanna Johns, Thomas is the top
returning scorer and rebounder and
will be looked upon to help lead
Michigan to its second straight
NCAA Tournament berth.
Thomas realized the dream of mil-
lions of American boys and girls in
her trip to Europe.
This winter, Thomas might use her
European vacation to help It- try to
fulfill dreams of Michigan sports
fans.

but in his senior year, he was one of
Michigan's top defensemen. And in
the NCAA championship game, Fox
assisted on freshman Josh Langfeld's
overtime goal, giving Fox and
Michigan their second national
championship in three seasons.
But unfortunately, Fox is not best
known for his success on the ice or
in the classroom, but for a lapse in
judgement last summer when he
struck Robert Thomas in the mouth
with his hockey stick during a sum-
mer league game in Bloomfield
Hills.
It was a momentary lapse of
judgement, but it has cost Fox dear-
ly. Along with serving his three years
of probation and 200 hours of com-
munity service, Fox must now carry
the stigma of a felony conviction for
the rest of his life.
But, maybe, fans will remember
Fox for more than one out-of-charac-
ter action. Maybe, they will also
remember Fox as a true student-ath-
lete.

LJuI 31, 1998
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