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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 22, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton has appointed Olympic gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner and former NBA star and Congressman Tom McMillen to be the Co-Chairs of the President's Council on Physical Fitness.

"It is very gratifying that two such distinguished individuals as Florence Griffith Joyner and Tom McMillen have agreed to join my team as Co-Chairs of the President's Council on Physical Fitness," said the President. "They are heros to millions of Americans, and deservedly so. I look forward to the advice that they will provide Secretary Shalala and myself on how we can enhance opportunities for all of our people to participate in physical fitness and sports activities."

Joyner was the first American woman to win four medals at a single Olympics, winning three golds and a silver at the 1988 summer games in Seoul, South Korea. During those games, she set records that still stand in the 100-meter and 200-meter events. Currently in training for the 1996 Olympics, Joyner is also a sportscaster and color commentator, writer of children's stories and President of her own company, Flo-Jo International. In addition, she donates much of her time to charities, acting as a spokesperson for many important causes. She was the founder of the Florence Griffith Joyner Youth Foundation. Joyner, 33, is married to fellow 1984 gold medalist Al Joyner. They live in Mission Viejo, California.

Tom McMillen played in the National Basketball Association from 1975-86 with the Buffalo Braves, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Bullets. After finishing his basketball career, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until January of this year. He was a member of the 1972 Olympic team and was inducted in 1988 into the GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame. McMillen attended the University of Maryland, where he was a three-time All-American and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He then studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he received his masters. McMillen, 41, is single, and resides in Crofton, Maryland.

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