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2019 Fusco Distinguished Lecture: Olympic Champion Michael Phelps

The 21st Annual Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecture

*** This event has sold out. ***

Friday, March 29, 2019 | 7 pm
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts | Southern Connecticut State University
Tickets and information: Lymancenter.org

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps swims the butterfly

Champion swimmer Michael Phelps is the most successful and decorated Olympian of all time, having won 28 career medals. These include 23 gold, highlighted by a world record eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Phelps competed in his first Olympics in 2000 in Sydney at age 15, and retired from professional competition after winning five golds and one silver at his 5th Olympics in Rio de Janerio in 2016.

After the 2008 Olympics, Phelps established the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. He has also become prominent spokesperson for mental health awareness and support. 

During a moderated conversation with noted sports journalist Kate Fagan, Phelps will speak about his incredible life journey and sacrifices he made to reach the top of the sports world as well as the difficult personal challenges that confronted him along the way.

Olympic champion Michael Phelps portrait

Reserved seating
• $35 premium seating • Main Sections M1 - M6

• Regular seating • Upper Sections U1 - U12:­­­
-$30 General Public
-$20 SCSU faculty/staff with valid ID; active alumni; SCSU student guests (limit 2)
-$10 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 2)

• $125 vip reception package • Limited availability; Includes premium seating, post-lecture reception with photo opportunity, and autographed copy of Phelps’ book, Beneath the Surface: My Story. A portion of the proceeds supports Southern’s Endowed Awards of Excellence, a merit-based scholarship program.