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  • Olympian, runner Greg Fredericks visits Wolrd Culture class

    By Brit Milazzo
    bmilazzo@basd.net
    Public relations, BASD

    The Olympics are coming up and a Bellefonte Area High School class was able to meet a former Olympian who now lives locally.

    On Jan. 16, Olympian Greg Fredericks, who is also a Penn State graduate and track and field athlete, visited and spoke with the World Cultures classes, and shared his unique experience and knowledge of Olympic history.

    “He was part of the 1980 US Olympic team, which was boycotted because of politics at the time,” teacher Matthew Maris said.

    Another Bellefonte Area teacher, Kim Gasper was able to help facilitate Fredericks' visit. She said she met him through Nittany Valley Running Club and Special Olympics, and added that he often helps with community events such as Herbie’s Home “Town Loop.”