LCFP to Celebrate African-American Athletes for Black History Month

Drawings of Kimberly Atwater, right, and her brother Terry Atwater, both of North Chicago, will be among the works displayed at the upcoming Black History Celebration at Greenbelt Cultural Center Feb. 5. – LCFPD

African-American athletes in Lake County and beyond will be celebrated at the 34th annual Profiles in Excellence Black History Month program.

The event sponsored by the Lake County Forest Preserves will be held 3­–5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road in North Chicago. The program is free and open to all ages.

African-American track and field stars Kimberly Atwater and her brother Terry V. Atwater II, who both grew up in North Chicago, will talk about their high school experiences with athletics and academics. Kimberly is a four-time Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state qualifier in track and field during the 1980s, winning the girls 1985 state championship in long jump. Terry also qualified for multiple IHSA state meets. He attended Western Michigan University on an athletic and academic scholarship.

The event also will honor two local youth sports programs: the North Chicago Flames Youth Football and the Waukegan Invaders Track and Field Team. The sports photography of Walter Payton will be on display. Community church choirs will perform, and there will be a historical presentation on African-American athletes in Lake County and the Olympics.

The annual Profiles in Excellence program honors the history and achievements of Lake County African-Americans. For more information, call 847-968-3477.

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