2016 Iba Awards Female Honoree

2016 Iba Awards Female Honoree

Madeline Manning Mims is a gold and silver Olympic medalist in track. She was named one of America’s Outstanding Young Women.

While attending Tennessee State University, she pioneered the 800-meter run for the United States by being the first and the only American woman to bring back a gold medal in this event in 1968, along with the Olympic Record, World Record and American Record, which she held for 15 years.

She has been a member of four Olympic teams for the United States spanning a 16-year international career participating in the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics. She won the Olympic Trials in 1980 and would have participated in the Games in Moscow, were they not boycotted by the United States.

Among the many Halls of Fame Mims has been inducted, included are the National and Olympic Halls of Fame. In 1984 she was inducted into the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she was honored as an Olympic Legend in the stadium.

She is founder and president of the United States Council for Sports Chaplaincy and has served as a chaplain at the 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and is headed to the 2016 Olympic Trials at the end of June. She served six years as a chaplain to the WNBA Tulsa Shock basketball team.

Mims earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Tennessee State University, a Masters of Divinity, Doctorate of Ministry degree and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University. She is a recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Global Achievement Award from ORU. She has also taught Bible classes and coached track at Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa.

As a speaker and leader among world athletes, Mims has shared her personal testimony at the White House and on the steps of the Capitol in response to the Presidential address to the Olympians and American people.

Mims is an author, international speaker, contemporary gospel recording artist and was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2005. Her ministries are Ambassadorship, Inc. and USCSC, Inc.

She resides in Tulsa with her husband Roderick. They have two adult children, John and Lana (a 2016 Olympic hopeful).

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When terror struck the heartland, just 90 minutes away, we all stood united as Oklahomans. One day after the Murrah Building bombing, the Rotary Club of Tulsa provided a $50,000 grant from the proceeds of that year’s Iba Awards, which was then duplicated by others in Tulsa. Within another day, $100,000 was provided to our colleagues at the OKC Downtown Rotary Club 29 to use wherever they saw the need was most urgent to help our fellow Oklahomans.

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