IC welcomes record-setting rower, adventurer Katie Spotz


Katie Spotz, the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, will tell her inspirational story at Illinois College on Monday, October 28, at 11 a.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel.

As a result of this amazing feat and other adventures, the 24-year-old Spotz has raised more than $150,000 to provide clean water for those in need. Spotz will speak with honesty, humility and passion about the inspiring tales of her adventures of success, failure, risk-taking, overcoming adversity and achieving what we set out to achieve, no matter how steep the odds.

Spotz is continuing to raise awareness of the plight of the billions around the world suffering from a lack of safe drinking water, giving talks to groups and organizations around the country. The list of accomplishments to her name is long, and includes a half-ironman triathlon, an ultramarathon in Australia, cycling across the country, a 325-mile river swim, running across deserts and the solo row across the Atlantic Ocean that took 70 days.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for Student Involvement at 217-245-3094 or at
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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