UNT lecture to shed light on raising athletes

Parents contemplating how to take their child from Little League to the big leagues won’t want to miss the University of North Texas’s July 13 (Thursday) open house and lecture titled “How to Raise an Athlete Successfully.”

The lecture will feature Yannis Pitsiladis, a member of the International Olympic Committee Medical and Scientific Commission and scientific director of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS). It will be followed by a Q&A focusing on Pitsiladis’ work as director of the Sub2Hour Marathon Project.

The open house, organized by the UNT Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, will begin at 5 p.m. at UNT New College in Frisco. Pitsiladis’ lecture will begin at 6:30.

Pitsiladis is the founding member of the Sub2 Marathon project, the first international research initiative bringing together scientists, athletes and industry partners to promote elite marathon performance. The group aims to break the two-hour marathon barrier – helping an athlete finish a marathon in less than two hours – using a dedicated scientific approach.

The open house will showcase UNT KHPR’s research and degree programs and UNT’s collaborations with professional sports organizations worldwide, including the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Griffins rugby team. The event is the culmination of a site visit from FIMS, which Pitsiladis is helping to conduct. The site visit is the final step before UNT’s Applied Physiology Lab is designated the first Collaborating Center of Sports Medicine in North America, part of FIMS’ global network.

Both the open house and lecture are free and open to the public, and no preregistration is required. For more information, call 972-668-8118 or email Shauna.Barbato@unt.edu.