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Help support an Olympic dream | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

About eight years ago, a young female athlete was introduced to the hammer throw event by her high school track coach. It wasn’t an event offered to her in high school, but her coach thought she would be good at it.

Just two years later, she received a scholarship to Georgia Tech where she earned All-American honors in her sport. Currently she is training for the 2012 Olympic Trials. It’s inspiring to hear of young people working hard to achieve their dreams; the fact that this young woman is local and a South Whidbey High School graduate (2005) is even more inspirational.

Kimery Hern is doing everything she can to pursue her dream of competing in the Olympics in the hammer throw. She is so committed to her regimen that she is uprooting her life for six months to follow her coach to Alabama so she can continue her training program up until the trials in June.

She needs her community’s support — emotionally and financially — to proceed with this commitment.

Times are tough for many people. Whatever you can give to Kimery — a card of encouragement or a tax-deductible donation to her travel and training fund — I know she would appreciate it.

Not knowing Kimery very well, I spoke with her a few weeks ago about her dreams and about her needs. She is humble, grounded and hesitant to ask for resources. Yet she is also determined to follow her dream, even though she doesn’t know just yet how she will do it financially. She is sincerely appreciative of even the smallest dollar donation. If you ever wanted to support a young person who is dedicated to her passion, this is your opportunity.

You can make a donation online at www.evergreenathletic.org/donate or by mail to Evergreen Athletic Fund, 4230 137th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA  98005.

To reach her by mail: Kimery Hern,

PO Box 941, Clinton, WA  98236.

Let’s do everything we can to show Kimery that her South Whidbey community supports her Olympic dream!



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