Kim to appear at 'An Evening with Champions' at Harvard University
(08/15/2011) – "An Evening with Champions," Harvard University's long-running benefit show, announced its 2011 lineup of skaters today. Leading the cast is 2010 Olympic champion Yu-Na Kim, in a rare performance on U.S. soil."We are honored and thrilled that Yu-Na is joining us for our 41st annual show," said the co-chairs, Clara Yoon and Ayse Baybars. "She is an incredible addition to the many EWC skaters who have generously devoted themselves to the fight against cancer. We look forward to a show weekend that is sure to be an amazing experience!""We certainly weren't counting on Yu-Na skating in EWC, but we harbored a hope that she would," Yoon went on. "When we heard word that she had accepted our invitation, we were at first shocked and then utterly ecstatic."The students are also excited about the rest of the cast, which includes 2011 world bronze medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani as well as Rachael Flatt, Shawn Sawyer, Ross Miner, Christina Gao, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely, Yasmin Siraj, Jason Wong, Alexander Aiken, the Haydenettes and Harvard student Emily Hughes. Beloved 1964 Olympic champions Lyudmila and Oleg Protopopov will skate again, making a welcome return to the ice after his stroke in 2009. Paul Wylie returns as host, and more skaters may be added to the cast in coming weeks."An Evening with Champions" is a Harvard student-run charity organization that raises money for the Jimmy Fund, the fundraising arm of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Over its 40-year history, the show has raised over $2.5 million for pediatric and adult cancer research.Tickets are now available for two shows, October 15 and 16, at the Bright Arena in Cambridge, Mass. Visit http://www.aneveningwithchampions.org/ for more information.