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Billy Mills
*Photo Credit: Donna Klapakis

Billy Mills

Second Native American to Win an Olympic Gold Medal & Co-Founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth
SPEAKER FEE RANGE: $6,000–$11,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: California
Billy uses his story of overcoming the odds at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and his experiences with Running Strong to illuminate lessons about our personal, national, and international history. Billy Mills was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and would make the Olympic team for the 1964 Tokyo games in the marathon and the 10,000 meter run, in the latter of which he would win the gold, a moment often lauded as the Greatest upset in Olympic history. As National Spokesperson for Running Strong for American Youth, Billy has spent 31 years lifting young men and women toward their aspirations and has championed wellness and unlocked opportunities in Native American communities across America. A major motion picture has been made about Billy, titled “Running Brave”, and has been a positive influence on many of our American Youth. On February 15, 2013 the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to Billy Mills for his work with Running Strong. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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