I’m not going to show you how to kick a soccer ball. I’m not going to show you how to throw a football. I’m not going to show you how to hit a baseball. I’m not even going to show you how to run track. But what I am going to show you is going to help in all those areas. I’m going to show you how to be an athlete.
Born: June 8, 1964
Harry “Butch” Reynolds (Akron, Ohio) began as a 48.1 single-lapper in high school. In 1987, he exploded to global prominence when he stunned the world with a low-altitude world record of 44.10 in the 400m at the Jesse Owens Classic. Later that year, he confirmed his dominance in the event by winning the NCAA title in Baton Rouge and bringing home the title for Ohio State with a clocking of 44.12. Reynolds made his biggest mark in 1988 in Zurich where he ran 43.29, shattering the 43.86 world record previously set by Hall of Famer Lee Evans during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. In addition to fast times, Reynolds owns an impressive array of championship medals, including the 1993 World Indoor title; 1988 Olympic 400m silver and 4x400m gold; three World Outdoor 4x400m gold medals (1987, ‘93, ‘95); two World Outdoor 400m silvers (‘93, ‘95) and the 1987 World Outdoor 400m bronze medal. In 1995 he established the Butch Reynolds Care For Kids Foundation (BRCFK) for youth in his community. Reynolds currently serves as assistant track coach at Ohio Dominican University.