Richard Degener

Richard Kempster Degener was an American diver. He won a bronze and a gold medal in the 3 m springboard at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, respectively. In April, 1936, Degener, along with many other sports champions and standouts, was honored at a banquet in Detroit, Michigan. This banquet was the first celebration of Champions Day. In July, 1936, a plaque was presented to Detroit from the White House honoring Detroit as the City of Champions. The plaque has five "medallions" featuring athletes.