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Amber Campbell to be honored at Celebration of Inspiring Women

CCU alumna Amber Campbell, 2017 commencement speaker, CCU honorary degree imageAmber J. Campbell will be honored at the 2018 Celebration of Inspiring Women on Monday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Conference Center. The event is part of the eighth annual Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership (WIPL) for Coastal Carolina University.

The annual celebration and awards were created as an important and lasting way to recognize women who have had a substantive and positive impact in South Carolina and beyond. Since the program’s inception in 2011, 39 women have been recognized, including 2018 recipients Amber Campbell and Joan Robinson-Berry.

Amber Campbell is one of the best women’s hammer throwers in the world. She has won 11 national championships, and she is a two-time Pan American Games Medalist. She owns the Olympic Trials and American Olympic record. She has represented Team USA at five World Championships (2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) and is a three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016). Her mark and placing at the Rio Olympics in 2016 was the best ever by an American woman. Campbell finished with a throw of 72.74 meters –just two meters away from the bronze medal. She threw her personal best –74.03 meters – at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., in June 2016.

Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from CCU in 2004 One of the most distinguished student-athletes in CCU history, she was a five-time NCAA All-American, 16-time conference champion and three-time Big South Athlete of the Year. She lives in Myrtle Beach and continues to serve CCU as a volunteer assistant coach for throwers. Campbell was inducted into CCU’s George F. “Buddy” Sasser Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Big South Conference Hall of Fame in 2016. Campbell was presented the honorary degree Doctor of Science during the Coastal Carolina University spring commencement in 2017. She also was the commencment speaker.

The Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women brings together women from all walks of life for two days of education, professional and personal development, and networking. Entrepreneurs, professionals, community volunteers and activists, students, moms, and women in transition all enjoy this dynamic program with incredible opportunities to learn and grow.

WIPL was founded in 2007 under the leadership of CCU first lady Terri DeCenzo. It is committed to inspiring, connecting and empowering women to strengthen their individual and collective voices in leadership at CCU and in the community, state, region and beyond. Members include faculty, staff and community leaders who are committed to creating and supporting opportunities for women in all areas of leadership and across all disciplines, while continuing to invest in scholarships for CCU students. Since its inception, WIPL has awarded 184 students more than $200,000 in financial support through a fully endowed scholarship and annual awards.

Dec. 4, 2017