Olympian Alumna Visits HMHS

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Helene Usher, Editor

On Sunday, September 12th, HMHS Alumna Erin Donohue organized a track and field clinic called RunJumpThrow for kids aged 5 through 12 from 10am to 12 pm. Not only did Donohue, a 2008 Olympian in the 1500m and former professional runner, bring her own knowledge and experience to the clinic, but she enlisted the help of Norm Tate, another former Olympian (at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City) who now coaches at Rowan University. Coaches from HMHS (Mr. Russo, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Baker, Mr. Makinson, and Mrs. McCalley), HMS (Mrs. Courtney Baker and Mrs. Maureen Baker), and various other local teams volunteered their time to help make the day a success. Current and former members of HMHS’ cross country and track teams also volunteered to help with the program. And what a success it was! Well over one hundred kids signed up, and despite the hot weather, they maintained a positive attitude and enthusiastically completed a series of eight stations, each focusing on a different event related to track and field. The eight stations included warm-up drills, relays, high jump, long jump, discus, shot put, sprint starts, and hurdles. Each station lasted about ten minutes each. While this may seem like a short time, the coaches were able to teach everyone the fundamentals of their respective stations. As a volunteer, I could see that the kids had a great time and it was so rewarding for my teammates and I to teach younger kids about the sport we love (and it was so cool to meet and spend two hours with two Olympians in the process!)