Lucinda W. Adams

08/10/1937 – Present

Inducted 2009


Lucinda W. Adams is an athlete, coach, volunteer, and teacher. A member of the famed Tennessee State University Tigerbelles track and field team and a teammate of Wilma Rudolph, Adams is perhaps best known for winning a gold medal in the 4 X 100-meter relay in the 1960 Rome Olympics on the US Olympic Team. She also competed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, and won numerous gold medals in international track and field competitions. After moving to Dayton in 1960, Lucinda Adams was hired as a special education teacher in the Dayton school system. She spent many years as a physical education teacher at Roosevelt High School. In 1973 she became Supervisor and later Associate Director of Health, Physical Education, Drivers Education and Girls Athletics in the Dayton City Schools. She was a fierce proponent of equity in girls’ athletics. Lucinda Adams is past president of the National Association for Physical Education and Sport, and has served on the Ohio Special Olympics Board of Governors, the Governor’s Advisory Board for Sports and Physical Education, and in many volunteer capacities.