Pepperdine Olympians Terry Schroeder, Sean Rooney, and More to Discuss Going for the Gold in Virtual Panel Discussion
On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 7 PM PDT, Pepperdine Olympians will join Pepperdine president Jim Gash (JD ’93) and James Gehrels (’17), former men’s volleyball player and current director of the Waves Athletic Fund, to discuss their Olympic experiences in a virtual panel event, Going for the Gold: Waves at the Olympics.
Featured Olympians include triathlete Jennifer Gutierrez-Hughes (’89, MA ’91), beach volleyball player Nicole (Sanderson) Hannan (’97), silver medalist and associate water polo head coach Merrill Moses (’99), volleyball gold medalist Sean Rooney (’05), Pepperdine water polo head coach and three-time Olympian Terry Schroeder (’81), and more. During the panel discussion, guest attendees will be able to submit questions and have a chance to win Pepperdine gear.
“Pepperdine is rooted in a foundation of excellence and that tradition is reflected in the achievements and success of Waves who have gone on to become Olympians,” said Pepperdine president Jim Gash. “I am ecstatic to welcome these athletes of great character back home so we, as a community, can learn from their discipline, perseverance, and dedication.”
The event will garner excitement for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony on Friday, July 23, 2021, where 12 former Pepperdine athletes and coaches will be joining the more than 10,000 athletes and 200 nations competing on the global stage. Pepperdine Waves have maintained a powerful presence in the games since 1956 when Jerome Walters made history as the first Pepperdine Olympic athlete. With three of the 12 Waves traveling to Tokyo 2020 making their Olympic debut, the total number of Pepperdine athletes and coaches to join the legendary stage climbs to 56.