Thursday, November 29, 2012

Some tweets we're passing along...

A couple of things that we've picked up and are passing along, all courtesy of that wonderful social media platform called Twitter:

London Olympic shot put bronze medalist Reese Hoffa (left/photo by Paul Merca) will make an appearance in Poulsbo on Saturday on behalf of AdoptTogether, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform that helps offset adoption expenses for families.

According to the release, this event aims to spread awareness about its crowdfunding platform by opening the dialogue surrounding adoption, which traditionally has been a private family affair.

Hoffa was born in Kentucky, then moved to Augusta, GA when he was six and lived there through high school. He was adopted before his fifth birthday after life circumstances led his teen mother to give him up for adoption.

In a recent interview with Track & Field News, Hoffa said, "There are a lot of good kids looking to be adopted because all they want is an opportunity to show that even if they came from a family situation that may not have been very good, once given the chance they can really show what they can do."

Rainier Beach HS grad and world championships competitor Ginnie Crawford wants to let the readership know that she's opening a new store in Bellevue called Ginnie's Collection Consignment Boutique.

Crawford will be in her store, located at 11810 NE 8th Street, Suite A on Saturday between 10 am & 5 pm.  

The store's phone number is 425-455-3228.

Finally, friend of the blog and former University of Washington sprint coach LaMonte Vaughn was named head track & field coach at Cal State Los Angeles this week.

“We are delighted that LaMonte Vaughn will be leading our track and field and cross country programs,” athletic director Dan Bridges said in a release. “He has done outstanding things throughout his career and we are looking forward to him continuing that success at Cal State L.A.”

Vaughn, who most recently was at UCLA the last three seasons, coached at UW for four years.He had several All-American athletes at Washington, including Ashlee Lodree and Jordan Boase. Lodree was a six-time All-American focusing on the hurdle events, while Boase was a standout quarter-miler and a member of several All-American relay teams. Vaughn coached the men’s 4x100 relay team to its first-ever Pac-10 title in 2008 and helped guide the 4x400 relay team to a school record in 2005. The 4x400 relay team was third at the 2006 NCAA Indoor meet and eighth at the outdoor meet.

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