All-Sports Museum programming includes winter sports themes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State All-Sports Museum has a variety of programming this spring in the museum's Clemen’s Family Theater. All events are free and open to the public. 

At noon Friday, Feb. 21, we explore the science of the 2014 Winter Olympics. How do skiers go downhill so fast? Why are some skis longer than others? Why do skiers tuck for some events and not for others?

Research scientist and educator Brendan Mullan teaches us the whys and hows behind your favorite Winter Olympic skiing sports.

As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics come to a close, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, we celebrate the games with free activities and crafts followed by a showing of the film "Miracle" (PG) at 1 p.m.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor, "Miracle" tells the story of Herb Brooks. Cut from the 1960 team, Brooks dreamed of coaching the U.S. Olympic hockey team. His dream came true in 1979. The team consisted of collegiate athletes rather than NHL all-stars and went into the 1980 Olympics as underdogs. Beating all odds, the U.S. defeated the Soviet Union and Finland to bring home gold.

A 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, a free showing of the film "42" (PG-13) will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer period with Bob Allen, Mark Dyreson, Dave Yukelson and Blake Beemer.

In 1946, Branch Rickey made history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball's historic color barrier. Facing racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey's hopes. Instead, he let his talent on the field do the talking — winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics and paving the way for others to follow.

A 6 p.m. Thursday, March 6, Katie King, a former Penn State Lady Icer, will speak. During her time with the Penn State hockey club team, Katie fired 143 goals and provided 126 assists during her four-year career from 2001-05. Her efforts earned her team MVP honors in 2003 and 2005 as well as the 2003 Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference MVP award. Katie will share her experiences while a student at Penn State.

Last Updated February 17, 2014