UB Distinguished Speakers Series: Aly Raisman

Gold Medal-Winning Gymnast | Advocate for Positive Body Image

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November 16, 2021
7 p.m.

Center for the Arts
Mainstage Theatre

Tickets: $28.00 - $48.00

Health and Safety

Attendees will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well. Face coverings continue to be required for all inside campus buildings. For children under 12 who are not vaccinated, they still may be admitted with a ticket, but must be masked at all times. View the announcement of this policy and check UB's website regularly for the latest health & safety guidelines

Aly Raisman, team captain of the gold medal winning Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, is the third most decorated American gymnast of all-time. The most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games, Raisman captured the hearts of millions as she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. One of only three U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back teams in more than 20 years, she helped guide the team to gold and landed a silver medal performance in the All-Around competition at the 2016 Games.

A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to help normalize the conversation around mental health, encourage positive body image and promote the importance of self-care. In her New York Times best-selling memoir, “Fierce,” she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Inspired by an army of survivors, Raisman continues to advocate for systematic changes within the sport of gymnastics and the eradication of sexual abuse.

Follow Aly on Twitter: @Aly_Raisman and Instagram/Facebook: @AlyRaisman