Our wonderful marketing intern, Amanda Grier, wrote this as part of her internship with United Way of the Greater Triangle. She is leaving us soon to continue her studies. We will miss her!
The Olympic Summer Games are arriving fast. The Olympics will be held in London, UK which will be the first city to host the modern Olympic Games three times. The games will run July 27th through August 12th. Many athletes have been training hard the past four years in hopes to be a part of the Olympic Games and to take home a gold medal. Among these athletes is Cullen Jones.
Cullen Jones is an Olympic swimmer who has been training in Charlotte, NC for the 2012 Olympics. Jones is a graduate from North Carolina State University with a degree in English and a minor in Psychology. Jones became a professional swimmer in 2006 and since then has won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics for the 400m free-relay. Jones qualified for the 2012 Olympic team by finishing first in the 50m free and second in the 100m freestyle races and will be competing in both categories at the 2012 Olympics.
It took a lot of heart for Jones to get where he is today. Jones dreams big and trains hard, including six hour daily training sessions. Jones is a person who is passionate and willing to go the extra mile to achieve greatness. What are you passionate for?
United Way of the Greater Triangle is passionate for helping to solve poverty in their community. If everyone was as passionate about solving poverty as athletes are to winning the gold medal then there might be less poverty in the community. If our community is as willing to put in the volunteer hours to help those in need as much as athletes put into training then they might make a better life for others. People should stand together as a community to help raise awareness and solve poverty.
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