When I founded the non-profit Evergreen Athletic Fund at the end of 2008, I had a big vision for what the organization could do. But after the first year, I realized things make take a while to get off the ground. We hosted a few clinics and competitions, but the donations trickled in very slowly. This past year, however, saw the organization finally grow into what I envisioned. Below are some highlights of the year in each of our areas of focus.
Elite Athlete Support – 2010 started out with a bang thanks to a generous donation by a supportive Husky alum and fellow member of the bar. After that Will Conwell worked his butt off to generate monthly donations from dozens of supporters. By the end of the year, we had raised nearly $30,000. The funds primarily go to help Seattle-area athletes such as Conwell, three-time Olympian Aretha Thurmand, and our newest addition former NCAA All-American Kimery Hern. We have been able to help these athletes fly to competitions, pay for training expenses, and meet the other costs of training. The funds were also a big benefit for Will, who has been able to move to Auburn, Alabama so that he can train alongside Aretha and coach Jerry Clayton. While it will take him some time to adjust to the new coach, he already improved his consistency this year and I know there are big things to come for him in 2011.