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Olympian to Headline Veteran Impact Celebration

Hear Scott Hamilton while supporting MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center on Friday, Aug. 25.

Olympic gold medalist and bestselling author Scott Hamilton will deliver the keynote address for the sixth annual Middle Tennessee State University Veteran Impact Celebration. The fundraiser — benefiting MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center — will be held in the Student Union Ballroom this Friday, Aug. 25 starting at 6 p.m.

The event features a three-course plated dinner, live and silent auctions and national anthem performed by country entertainer Rachel Lipsky. Speakers will include Keith M. Huber, MTSU senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives and a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general. MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee also plans to attend. WSMV News 4 morning anchor and MTSU alumna Holly Thompson will be master of ceremonies.

“Our Veteran Impact Celebration is an evening of recognition and appreciation,” Huber said. “Our attending veterans and their families will recognize the invaluable and impressive support of our community during their transition challenges. Our community and business leaders will recognize the significant positive impact of Veterans joining their organizations.”

Open to the public, tickets are $250 per person, with tickets discounted to $100 for veterans, service members and their families. Buy tickets at

About Scott Hamilton

Hamilton, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, is the most recognized figure skating star in the world. He has 70 titles and awards, including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

A cancer survivor, Hamilton launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship). He is founder of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at the Ford Ice Centers in Antioch and Bellevue, Tennessee.

About the Daniels Center

The Daniels Center is one of the largest and is the most comprehensive veterans center on any Tennessee higher education campus. It enables the campus’ 1,200-plus military-connected student population to have a one-stop shop to meet a variety of academic and social needs.

The 3,200-square-foot center is located in the Keathley University Center, in the heart of the MTSU campus. The center is a place for MTSU’s student veterans to study, gather and receive help from fellow veterans, who will serve as peer advisers and sponsors. The Transition Home Center assists any veteran, service member, or military-connected family member — in making the transition from military service to the civilian world.

For more information, call 615-904-8347 or visit




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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.