McKINNEY — The City of McKinney will honor hometown Olympian Johnny Quinn at a meet-and-greet reception and memorabilia exhibit at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC). Quinn traveled to Sochi, Russia as a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic bobsled team.
The exhibit at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St., is free and open to the public now through Sunday, Aug. 10. It will feature Quinn’s Opening Ceremony uniform designed by Ralph Lauren, Team USA Olympic clothing, bobsled uniform, helmet and cleats, as well as assorted memorabilia from his trip to the Olympics. Hours for the exhibit vary, and guests are encouraged to call 972-547-2650 prior to their visit. The exhibit is presented with support from Belk department store in McKinney.
Quinn will sign autographs at a meet-and-greet reception from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 in the Gallery of MPAC. Light refreshments will be served. The meet-and-greet event is also free and open to the public.
“We are excited to honor Johnny for working so hard to achieve his Olympic dreams and for representing McKinney and the U.S. so well in Sochi. We are very proud of him,” said Amy Rosenthal, Director of MPAC and McKinney Main Street.
Quinn moved to McKinney was he was 6 years old and was a standout football player at McKinney High School before signing a football scholarship to the University of North Texas. After a stint in professional football, Quinn was selected as an elite member of the U.S. bobsled team. During his time in Sochi, he received international acclaim for breaking through a bathroom door. Quinn recently served as the Grand Marshall of the Red, White and BOOM! parade and received a key to the city from Mayor Brian Loughmiller.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population exceeding 149,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.