Men's Swimming
    New Dive Tower To Be Named After Trojan Great Dr. Sammy Lee
    Sammy Lee during the 1948 Olympics.
    Sammy Lee during the 1948 Olympics.

    July 30, 2013

    USC Athletics will honor Trojan great and Olympic diving champion Dr. Sammy Lee on his 93rd birthday on Thursday (Aug. 1) and will celebrate the occasion by dedicating in his name the renovated dive tower at the new USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center, currently under construction on the Trojan campus.

    Lee, the world's oldest surviving Olympic diving champion, was the first Asian American to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in 1948 and 1952 for the United States.

    In addition to his long career as an ear, nose and throat doctor, Lee was also a successful diving coach who was instrumental in the successful careers of Olympic greats Pat McCormick, Bob Webster and Greg Louganis. All three, like Lee, won back-to-back Olympic golds.

    The Dr. Sammy Lee Dive Tower will be an instrumental part of the $16 million Uytengsu Aquatics Center and is a unique piece of USC Athletics' Heritage Initiative to raise $300 million for on-going projects like the Heritage Hall renovation and upgrades to Marks Tennis Stadium. The John McKay Center (completed in 2012) and Merle Norman Stadium (for sand volleyball, completed in 2013) are also part of the Heritage Initiative.

    The reception for the birthday celebration and a tour of the Uytengsu Aquatics Center facilities will begin at 11 a.m.

    USC Athletics is seeking to raise $200,000 to name the new diving tower, more than half of which has already been raised by the "Friends of Sammy."

    For those interested in contributing, please call 213-740-4167 or email jdugaw@usc.edu.