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A montage of photographs the members of 1968 United States Olympic Team, from the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team Oral History Project.

1968 U.S. Olympic Team Oral History Project

In September 2010, Tom Lough, an Olympian who competed on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team in modern pentathlon, approached the Center to explore forming a partnership to preserve the legacy of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team. Lough and the Stark Center staff determined that the first step in securing this legacy would be to create...

Joe and Betty Weider looking at materials on a large wooden table, in the Reading Room, three of the the Battle Casts, on loan from the Blanton Museum of Art, are visible on the right.

Joe and Betty Weider and the Joe Weider Foundation

One of the most important gifts ever received by the Stark Center was the first $1M gift pledged by Joe and Betty Weider in 2004, a gift that arrived before the Stark Center became a reality. The Weider’s initial gift had a great impact on how the Todd-McLean Collection was viewed by on-campus administrators and...

October 8, 2018February 12, 2020
The undefeated 1914 University of Texas football team wearing the Texas Longhorns blankets, the first time the term Longhorn was used; from the Clyde Raab Littlefield Collection, in the 1914: A Perfect Season Gallery.

Clyde Rabb Littlefield

Clyde Rabb Littlefield, son of famous UT track and Field coach Clyde Littlefield, first met Center directors Jan and Terry Todd in approximately 2006 when he visited them in their offices at Anna Hiss Gym to discuss his father, Coach Littlefield, and to ask for help with some research on the history of his father’s...

September 30, 2018February 12, 2020
Former University of Texas track and field coach Clyde Littlefield with a hat and wearing a suit, likely from the Clyde Raab Littlefield Collection.

Clyde Littlefield: The Life of a Texas Legend

“Patience becomes few Texans. Nor do they wear modesty well…Though Texas-born, Texas reared, this mild mannered gentlemen has built up a reputation through the years as a calm, kindly and infinitely patient man” Zipp Newman, News Sports Editor. It has been said that sprinters are born, not made. Clyde Littlefield was a born sprinter; and...

Bill and Caity Henniger of Rogue Fitness and Stark Center co-founder Jan Todd in the main lobby; the He Liked Big Things Gallery about Stark Center co-founder Terry Todd is in the background.

Bill and Caity Henniger / Rogue Fitness

Bill Henniger and his wife Caity Matter Henniger are the owners and operators of Rogue Fitness, one of the largest and most reputable manufacturers of strength and conditioning equipment. From humble beginnings in Bill’s garage back in 2006, the company has grown exponentially, now employing over 600 workers at its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. All...

September 14, 2018January 31, 2020
Portrait photograph of Edmund and Adelyn Hoffman, donors of the Edmund Hoffman Golf Collection.

The Hoffman Family Foundation

In 2006, Adelyn Hoffman and her son, Dr. Richard Hoffman, gave the Stark Center a 1600-volume collection of golf books that had been assembled by the late Edmund Hoffman, Mrs. Hoffman’s husband and Dr. Hoffman’s father.  Both Edmund and Adelyn Hoffman graduated from UT and in 2008 the Hoffman Family Foundation provided approximately $110,000 to...

August 26, 2018February 12, 2020
The Battle Cast of the Boxer, on loan from the Blanton Museum of Art, in the Teresa Lozano Long Art Gallery, in the main lobby; a sculpture and a poster of strongman Ruy da Cunha are in the background.

Joe and Teresa Long

Well-known Austin philanthropists Joe and Teresa Long were early donors to the Stark Center, making a critical donation to the Center in 2010 that resulted in the naming of the Stark Center’s art gallery in Teresa’s honor.   Teresa, or Terry, as she is often known, graduated with her Ph.D. in Physical Education from UT-Austin the...

July 8, 2018February 12, 2020
Hunt-Pierce Academic Complex sign on the wall of the Reading Room.

Dr. Thomas and Laurie Hunt

Texas Exes Thomas and Laurie Hunt made their initial gifts to the Stark Center to honor the memory of Mrs. Hunt’s father, Dr. Paul “Red” Pierce of Alpine, Texas. Dr. Pierce served as head football coach at Sul Ross University, and then as head football coach, head track coach, and athletic director at Sam Houston...

June 8, 2018February 12, 2020
Stark Center co-founder Terry Todd, wrestler Andre the Giant, and a man, circa 1970s.

Texas Standard interviews Terry Todd, director of The Stark Center

HBO has a new documentary, Andre The Giant, which examines the life and career of Andre the Giant. Texas Standard interviewed Terry, who is featured in the new HBO documentary, to discuss Andre. Listen to Terry’s interesting interview about Andre the Giant with Texas Standard at

May 8, 2018February 12, 2020
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