Billy Mills 10k 50th Anniversary
50 years ago Billy Mills stunned the world and beat the odds to win a gold medal in the 10,000 meter race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. This year we celebrate Billy's dream come true--and all the work he has done to support the dreams of American Indian youth.
This year, we are commemorating Billy’s accomplishments of the past 50 years with special events around the country. And with Billy, we will also be sharing celebrations of dreams — of the dream that Billy had over 50 years ago and of the dreams of today’s dream-makers young and old.
Celebrate Billy Mills' 50th Anniversary:
Keep up with our plans for Billy's 50th Anniversary on Twitter! #BillysDream50
Dreamstarter- Billy's dream came true. How about yours? We're launching a new grant program called Dreamstarter to help bring native youth's dreams to life. Find out more here.
Learn about Dreamstarter- Grants in honor of Billy's Anniversary!
Send Billy a Message of Congratulations
Tell Us - Where Were You When Billy Won the Gold?
“During tough times, my father would tell me that I needed to have a dream in life, because it’s pursuit of a dream that heals broken souls. He would say, ‘You have broken wings, and if you follow your dreams, someday you’ll have the wings of an eagle'." -Billy Mills
Many American Indian communities are impoverished, with some tribes reporting unemployment as high as 85%. While it is important to know these economic challenges, it is also important to know that tribes are dynamic, open to new ideas, and committed to improving their communities and their children’s future.