Those of you who know me personally probably remember that my cousin, Adam Hamilton, was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 28, 2011 at the age of 22. He was kind, charismatic, brave, funny, and touched everyone’s life that he came in contact with. I miss him terribly and think of him everyday, as does the rest of my family. Memorial Day is to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our rights and freedoms.
My family started a not-for-profit organization called The Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic and Athletic Scholarship Fund, which each year provides one male and female senior at Kent Roosevelt high school a four-year, $10,000 scholarship. This past weekend was one of the big fundraisers, and I was so happy to be able to participate. There was a Hammy 5k, Hammy WOD (Crossfit), and a Lil’ Hammy obstacle course.
It was at Dix Stadium, which is the football stadium for Kent State University. It was really remarkable to see the amount of people willing to volunteer their time to help out and to organize, and the sponsors who donated. It is a testament to what kind of person Adam was, the impact he had on people’s lives, and how his memory lives on.
The rest of the weekend was spent with family and friends, and it was great to be able to spend time with them and share our cherished memories of Adam. The kids had a lot of fun playing with their cousins, which they always do! My favorite thing about being back up north is definitely being closer to home. I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day, we did.
Until our next adventure,