Loyola University Maryland

Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture

Cleophas lecture delivered by Gabby Douglas

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, gold medal Olympic gymnast, for the 28th annual Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus.

Girl on Fire: A Conversation with Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas

The lecture, “Girl on Fire: A Conversation with Gabby Douglas,” is a question and answer session moderated by Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics, Donna Woodruff. Douglas will answer questions fielded through community participation prior to the event.

At age 16, Douglas was selected to compete in the 2012 summer Olympics in London as a member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics team. She became the first African-American woman, as well as the first woman of color of any nationality, to win an Olympic gold medal as the All-Around Individual Champion. She also became the first American gymnast to win gold in both the all-around individual and team competitions. Her autobiography, Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, is a New York Times bestseller. 

Woodruff joined Loyola in 2017 and has more than 20 years of experience in collegiate athletics. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Pennsylvania, where she played lacrosse and field hockey. She continued her career at UPenn as a coach until she moved to administrative positions at Villanova University and Stony Brook University.  

To submit a question for consideration, you may post your question to Twitter using the hashtag #Cleophas2018 or submit your question via the online form.

This event is open to the public, but tickets are required.