George Foreman-autographed boxing gloves and speed-skating armbands signed by Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair will be among at least 77 Olympic-related items available at a sports memorabilia auction scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday at The Lark, 3009 E. 101st St.
Olympic medalists Madeline Manning Mims, Mark Crear and Stephanie Brown-Trafton are scheduled to appear at the auction which will benefit the U.S. Council for Sports Chaplaincy. That nonprofit organization educates and trains Olympic and Paralympic alumni to serve Team USA through pastoral care as chaplains.
The Olympians will have their medals and be available for autographs and photos.
“We would love to have Tulsans come out and meet the Olympians,” Mims said.
Mims, a four-time Olympian who won a gold medal in 1968 in the 800 meters and a silver in the 1,600 relay in 1972, is the event organizer. She launched the U.S. Council for Sports Chaplaincy in 2003.
Mims, who has served as a chaplain for Olympics and world events for the past 33 years, came up with the idea for an auction several months ago in order to raise funds to help at least five Olympic alumni, including Crear and Brown-Trafton, serve as chaplains for Team USA in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Mims became friends with Foreman while they were training for the 1968 Olympics that were held in Mexico City. After Foreman won his goal medal bout, Mims, who was at ringside, presented him with roses. She said they have stayed in contact and remained good friends throughout the past 50 years.
Other items available for bidding are a hockey puck signed by 1980 U.S. captain Mike Eruzione; a gymnastics hand grip signed by Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner; a drying chamois signed by Greg Louganis; a soccer penalty card signed by Brandi Chastain; a 2012 London Games commemorative plate; and many other items.
“There has been a huge response from our Olympic family,” Mims said. “It’s Olympians supporting Olympians trained to serve Olympians.”
Brown-Trafton won a discus gold medal in 2008. Crear was a silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles in 1996 and won a bronze in 2000.
A silent auction runs from 6-7 p.m., followed by a live auction at 7 p.m.
Shuttle parking will be available at Delaware and Riverside Plaza. There will be a $10 entry fee for adults. Kids ages 12 and under will be admitted free.