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These are just some of the 20,000 plus competitors of all ages who entered the Colgate Women's Games in early January. Only 234 of the finest female track and field stars in the New York area remain in the Colgate Games, the nation's largest series of amateur track and field meets. These finalists are competing for educational grants-in-aid, totalling $57,000, awarded annually by Colgate-Palmolive.


Fred Thompson, Meet Director of the Colgate Women's Games, has devoted more than twenty-three years to helping the youth, especially girls and young women, compete in track and field. His efforts have helped provide a focus for youngsters that encourages each one to attain excellence in sports, as well as a continuing interest in education.

In 1959, he founded the Atoms Track Team in Brooklyn, New York, which has evolved into a girls and young womens internationally renowned track club.

Mr. Thompson served as a member of the Advisory Board of the New York State Task Force on Sports and Physical Fitness and as a member of the United States Olympic Sub-Development Women's Track and Field Committee. A member of the Bar of the State of New York, Mr. Thompson was an assistant Attorney General for the State and has been a staff attorney with ABC-TV, Madison Square Garden and the Federal Trade Commission.

While associated with ABC-TV he served as a commentator during that network's award-winning coverage of the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

Mr. Thompson is a former member of the New York City's Youth Board and the New York State Sports Authority, and resides in Brooklyn, where he was graduated from Boys High. He graduated from the City College of New York and St. John's Law School, where he also received an honorary degree of Dr. of Humane Letters, and served with the U.S. Army's Adjutant General Corps in Panama. He was also a member, for two years of the Selective Service Board for the Borough of Brooklyn.

As Meet Director of the Colgate Women's Games, Mr. Thompson was instrumental in helping the program emerge as the premier training ground for New York City, Long and Hudson County, New Jersey, women.

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