UNION — The ongoing effort to raise funds to help a local athlete compete in the Junior Olympics in August got a boost this week with a donation from a local civic group.
Alexis Garrett — a rising senior at Union County High School — has participated in track for the past six years at UCHS. This summer, she began running with the BSYAA (Boiling Springs Youth Athletic Association) AAU team.
Last month, Garrett participated in the region meet, placing second in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, where she set her personal record at 15.11 and 5’0, respectively. That meet qualified her for the 2015 Junior Olympic Games, which will be held in Norfolk, Va. Aug. 1-8.
To enable Garrett to compete in the Junior Olympics, her supporters have been working to raise $2,500 to pay for her trip to Norfolk. Their efforts included cookouts at the Union County School District Office on Thursday, July 16 and at the Union County Stadium on Saturday, July 18. As of this past Monday, Garrett’s supporters had raised a total of $1,800 leaving them just $700 short of their goal.
On Tuesday, the effort to raise funds for Garrett’s trip to the Junior Olympics moved 10 percent closer to its goal when the Union Civitan Club presented Garrett with a check for $250. Garrett was the club’s guest speaker during its weekly luncheon meeting at the Inn at Merridun. Garrett, accompanied by her coach, Imani Richard, was presented with the club’s donation by Civitan President Amy Austin following her address to the Civitans.
“We are trying to get more youth involved in understanding what community service is all about,” Austin said. “We are a senior club and any chance we get to acknowledge the good things the youth are doing in our community we want to do that because we want to see them go on and be the best that they can be. We want to always encourage children and youth and young adults to strive to reach their goals and to understand what it means to be a community and to do good for the people of their community.”
Austin said that the Civitans are also working with officials at Union County High School to start a Junior Civitan Club for the students. She said there was a junior club at the school many years ago, and that the Civitans are hoping to see a new one established and get the youth more involved in community service activities.
The fundraising effort for Garrett is continuing and anyone who wants to make a donation, either in cash or by check, may drop it off at the Union County School District Office or Union County High School. If the donation is by check, it should be made out to the Union County School District.
Union Civitan President Mrs. Amy Austin (left), presents a check to Miss Alexis Garrett (center), a rising senior at Union County High School, who will be participating in the Junior Olympics in track and field events in August 2015 in Virginia. Miss Garrett recently spoke to club members. Also pictured is Miss Garrett’s track coach, Coach Imani Richards (left).
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