Olympic medalist to give talk at SLU student union _lowres

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Southeastern Louisiana University will present Olympian Hollis Conway at 1 p.m. March 15 in the Student Union Theatre.

A two-time Olympic medalist will talk about overcoming obstacles during a March 15 presentation at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Olympian Hollis Conway will present “Overcoming Obstacles: Reaching Your Maximum Potential” at 1 p.m. March 15 in the Student Union Theatre.

Sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology, the presentation is free and open to the public; however, attendees are asked to bring canned food or other items to donate to the Southeastern Food Pantry.

A two-time Olympic medalist in the high jump, Conway’s 1991 jump of 7 feet 10.5 inches still stands as the American indoor record 25 years later, a news release said.

Born in Chicago, Hollis was the last of seven children of parents who separated often and moved frequently, eventually to Detroit and then to Shreveport. With instability at home, Hollis sought success in the athletic arena. After trying basketball and football, he found track and field and the high jump.

Conway grew from a thin junior varsity student to a college athlete at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, to the best high jumper in U.S. history. Today, Hollis is a public speaker, as well as an author, husband and father.