Media Advisory: City of Austin and UT Austin to host 2013 Texas Relays Celebration Events

March 22, 2013

Event: Reception and Awards Ceremony

When: Wednesday, March 27, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St., Austin, Texas 78701

Background: The City of Austin and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement have been working together to extend an enthusiastic welcome to athletes visiting for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, an annual track and field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The predominantly African American crowd draws an estimated $8 million in tourism dollars to Austin. The event begins Wednesday, March 27, and ends Saturday, March 30. It will include a ceremony to honor exceptional athletes while also highlighting the positive influence they bring to track and field and to our city.

Event: Texas Relays Parade and Community Jam Session

When: Friday, March 29, 6-9 p.m.

Where: The parade will start at Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, Texas 78702, and end at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Background: The brief program will include a tribute to B.L. Joyce, the Austin Independent School District’s first
black band director; and Larry Jackson, founder of the Central Texas Black Cultural and Health Festival, will be honored for his many contributions to the Texas Relays. To learn more about the program, visit the Texas Relays information page.

These events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact: Joshunda Sanders, joshunda@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7624.