A.J. & Henry Marshall qualified (Pentathalon, 1500M & 3000M Racewalks, Triple Jump) to compete in the National AAU Junior Olympics in Greensboro, N.C. They need your help to make their Junior Olympic dream come true.
During a hot weekend, last June in Indianapolis, A.J. & Henry failed to qualify in the 100M & 200M for the AAU Junior Olympics which were being held in Iowa. They were disappointed, but we all understood that we would have to work harder if we did not want a repeat of this disappointment in 2019. By the time our train pulled into Union Station in Chicago, we had a year-long plan in place that would give them the best chance to qualify. This plan included forming the Chi-Town Huskies AAU Club, adding cross country to the sports they would compete in at both the school and club level, implementing indoor track workouts over the winter, and diversifying the events that they would compete in during the school and club track season. Exactly one year later, at the regional qualifier meet at Joliet Stadium, A.J. and Henry put our plan and hard to the test. They performed magnificently by qualifying in several events including the pentathlon (80m/100M Hurdles, Shot Put, High Jump, Long Jump, 1500M race). At 8:27 p.m., nine hours after the pentathlon competition began, A.J. and Henry lined up at the starting line for the 1500 meters race. They were exhausted but determined to give the race everything they had. Anything less would have meant not qualifying in their age group. They ran their personal best times in the race which stamped their ticket to Greensboro. They did it...and I'm so proud of them. Greensboro, however, is not around the corner from Chicago. We'll have to spend $800 on transportation and $1200 on lodging. There are also other expenses like meet entry fees and healthy food and drinks to keep them performing at their best. Henry said it best in his letter of appeal when he mentioned that I am a volunteer coach focused on helping them and hundreds of other youth in Chicago to be better athletes and students. I needed to be there every step of the way along this road to Greensboro or they would not have qualified. Now, we are asking for your support to help them finish what began after the disappointment of 2018. Thank you. - Alan Marshall, Dad & Coach
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