SACRAMENTO – From the streets of Harlem to the national stage. African American Olympic medalist Nelson Vails rides into Sacramento on Saturday, May 10 for a screening of a film about his cycling career.
The local red carpet premiere of “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story,” will be held at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento. The event is hosted by the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association and comes the evening before the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of Sacramento. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show is set to start at 7:00 p.m.
Vails was the first and remains the only African American to ever medal in cycling in the Olympics. He took home a silver medal in the 1000-meter Match Sprint during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Prior to the start of the screening, the local group, The Harley White Trio will perform in the lobby from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Tickets to view the screening only are $25. VIP tickets are $75 and include preferred seating and a post screening dessert reception and meet and greet with Vails. Limited VIP tickets available.
Proceeds will benefit the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association, a local non-profit organization that was created to build a national competition quality bicycle racetrack, or velodrome, in the Sacramento area. The facility will provide opportunities to train and develop youth for bicycle racing, competitive events to generate tourism activity and recreational events to promote fitness in the community.