Loyola College To Host Michael Phelps On Olympian's Tour

Sept. 9, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - Michael Phelps, an assistant coach with Loyola's swim team last season and Olympic gold medalist in Athens this summer, will be one of several Olympic medalists to visit Loyola's Fitness and Aquatic Center this Friday. Phelps, Ian Crocker and Lenny Krayzelberg will all meet with local schoolchildren from Riverview Elementary School in Lansdowne.

Phelps, the Baltimore-born swimmer who tied an Olympic record with eight medals in Athens last month, is currently touring the country with his teammates as part of a Disney-sponsored program. At each stop, the Olympians meet with local school children to deliver motivational speeches, to provide swim demonstrations, and to meet with the news media.

Riverview Elementary is located in an area with one of the highest incidences of poverty in Baltimore County. Phelps has been involved as a partner with the school for four years, speaking to students about academics and encouraging their reading program.

The event is not open to the general public, and the Aquatic Center will be closed in the morning, re-opening at noon. The remainder of the facility will be open for its usual hours of operation. Parking will be limited on the Fitness Center lot during the Friday morning hours.