Cathy Oerter was the wife of Al Oerter and assisted him in founding Art of the Olympians in 2006.
Cathy’s credentials, like her husband’s, include both the art and sport worlds.
A high school track standout she won numerous national titles in track and field, made several USA international teams and started the women’s track program at her Alma matter, Iowa State University.
In 1974 she received a BA degree in Applied Art/Advertising Design and in 1979 a BA in Art Education K-12 from Puget Sound University.
Cathy taught high school art at Floral Park High School on Long Island and Federal Way High School in Seattle.
In 1991 Cathy completed her Teacher’s certification for Natural Movement Dance in London and her Examiner’s certification in 1993. She gives workshops in the US, England and Australia.
Cathy has been inducted into two Halls of Fame and received several awards for dedicated community service for education and drug prevention in Florida, New York and Washington State.
Today Cathy continues to honor children with The Al Oerter Outstanding Student Awards throughout the country, promotes art and poetry contests with embassies in DC and New York and has displayed student’s art at the United Nations.