The HAMMY and Hometown Hero 5K to Honor Local Fallen Soldier and Benefit Local Fund

The ninth annual Hammy workout and Hometown Heroes 5K benefit The Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic & Athletic Scholarship Fund that was established to help carry on Adam Hamilton's legacy of service to the community.

The ninth annual Hammy and its sister event, the Hometown Hero 5K, honoring the life of Adam S. Hamilton, is being held at Kent State University Fieldhouse on Saturday, June 1, 2019, and will benefit The Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic & Athletic Scholarship Fund.

U.S. Army Specialist Adam S. Hamilton, a native of Kent, Ohio, graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 2007. While in school, Adam was an All-American lacrosse player, the hockey career-goals record holder and a linebacker/wide receiver on the state playoff football team.

Adam joined the U.S. Army in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan in February 2011. On May 28, 2011, Adam was killed in action (KIA) from wounds sustained by an improvised explosive device (IED) during a night mission in Haji Ruf, Afghanistan. Adam was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal.

Because of the life Adam lived—in service to others—his family created a way to honor his ultimate sacrifice.  

Out of the same selfless example, The Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic & Athletic Scholarship Fund was established to carry on Adam’s legacy of sacrifice and service to the community. Each year, two $10,000 scholarships are awarded to worthy Theodore Roosevelt High School seniors who have shown leadership in the classroom, on the playing fields and, most importantly, in the community.

“When I was notified with the tragic news of Adam’s passing, it devastated our family,” states Scott Hamilton, Adam’s father. “Eventually I understood Adam gave the ultimate sacrifice and died pursuing what he truly enjoyed doing. I find peace with that, and he taught me the gift of giving like he did. To give back to the community and students where Adam is from is such a blessing. To help others is such a great feeling and is healing as well. The Hammy allows us to bring the community together to raise money to help others and to continue Adam’s legacy. It is something I will do forever, as he deserves it and it gives me such pride and honor to watch how he continues to have such a huge impact on an entire community.”

CrossFit Cadre and its selfless community host the Hammy and Hometown Hero 5K and describes these events as a “powerful vehicle to honor U.S. servicemen and women while celebrating Adam’s life.” This event also gives community members the opportunity to make their own sacrifices, show their gratitude and test their mettle in the most supportive atmosphere imaginable.

The Hammy workout consists of:

  • Row 1,000 Meters
  • 7 Squat, Clean 'n Jerks
  • 50 Push-ups
  • 7 Squat, Clean 'n Jerks
  • 50 Sit-ups
  • 7 Squat, Clean 'n Jerks
  • 50 Box Hops (24-inch Box Men / 20-inch Box Women)
  • 7 Squat, Clean 'n Jerks
  • 50 Pull-ups
  • 7 Squat, Clean 'n Jerks
  • Run 1000 Meters

Individual athletes (12 years and older) can choose to take on the workout as prescribed or adjust the weight and scale the movements to their abilities. Participants also have the choice of tackling the workout in teams of two. Both team members can also divide repetitions, adjust the weight and scale the movements to their abilities as well.

This year, more than 1,000 spectators, participants, runners and walkers are anticipated to attend. The doors of the Kent State University Field House will open at 7:00 a.m. for check-in Sat, June 1, 2019. There will be a guest speaker at 7:40 a.m., with the Hometown Hero 5K and event kick off at 8:00 a.m. The Hometown Hero 5K is $35 and the Hammy workout is $45 for individuals and $85 for teams of two.

“This event and the surrounding community have taken a tragic loss and transformed it into a positive, life-changing experience,” states Jason Welch, owner of CrossFit Cadre. “The beauty of this celebration is that it affords anyone the opportunity to make a small sacrifice and give back in a big way. Every year, we collectively swell with pride, get goosebumps, shed tears and revel in the gift of generosity. The Hammy Workout and Hometown Hero 5K consistently showcase the best humanity has to offer.”

For more information on this incredible event or to purchase tickets, please visit thehammy.org.  

Source: The Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic & Athletic Scholarship Fund.


Categories: Military and Defense

Tags: 5K, Army, Bronze Star, Nonprofit, Scholarship


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