ESSAY: Competition

ESSAY: Competition

(If the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games proceed, Virginia Beach’s Simon Biles, pictured on the cover of Vogue, plans to take her newly developed vault to heights unseen.) By Dr. Jerry Gaines & Sue Rowdon “You can’t claim to be good if you have never been tempted to be...
VIEWPOINT: Jim Crow 2.0

VIEWPOINT: Jim Crow 2.0

(John Carlos,Tommie Smith, Peter Norman during 1968 Mexico City Olympics medal ceremony) By Jerry Gaines & Sue Rowdon When I realize I am older than the majority of Americans living today, it seems strange.  In 71 years and seven months, a person can see a lot...
My Story

My Story

(Jerry Gaines, pictured clearing 25-feet in the long jump, was Virginia Tech’s first full-scholarship black athlete. Courtesy photograph.)  By Dr. Jerry Gaines The circumstances across our nation being what they are, it seems appropriate to share this story now.  Back...