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Former Olympic Athlete Appears in Toledo

Posted Mar 24th, 2008 by Cindy Dana  Category: Events, Toledo.com

 

Award winning documentary film-maker and former Olympic athlete Mary Mazzio will bring her inspiring message of empowering young women to Toledo’s St. Ursula Academy April 8.
 
Mazzio was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic rowing team before becoming an independent film-maker who has written, directed and produced Lemonade Stories, Apple Pie and A Hero For Daisy. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Georgetown Law School, Mazzio is a frequent commentator on women in sports and she speaks nationally on a variety of issues.

Mazzio will address the young women at St. Ursula at 1 p.m. in the 4025 Indian Road high school’s field house. She will visit with the crew team while in Toledo and help dedicate a boat on April 8 by using a bottle of champagne she was awarded at the 1992 Olympics.

She is best known for A Hero for Daisy, which profiled the Title IX demonstration at Yale University in 1976 by two-time Olympian Chris Ernst. The New York Times called the moving account of Ernst’s sacrifices a “landmark film” and Sports Illustrated called it “fantastic.” She’ll be showing Hero, which has aired on ESPN Classic, during her visit to St. Ursula.
 
Mazzio has a special relationship with St. Ursula’s crew team thanks to the team winning the Chris Ernst/A HERO FOR DAISY trophy for the fastest women’s eight-person boat at the Head of the Cuyahoga regatta in Cleveland in 2007 and 2006. When the team competed at the prestigious Head of the Charles race in Boston last October, Mazzio called them her “new favorite high school team” on her Web blog and featured a picture of an SUA rower.
 
A former law firm partner with Brown, Rudnick in Boston, Mazzio has served on a number of Boards of Directors including Shackleton Schools, Sojourner House (a homeless shelter), The Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, The Head of the Charles Regatta, and the National Rowing Foundation.
 
For more information on her visit to Toledo or to set up an interview to discuss her views on empowering young women to achieve higher levels of success, call Cindy Dana at 419-578-0119 or Lori Fenton at 419-536-0135.

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