As an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 USA Track and Field Team, much of my success comes from the Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Federation. For over 4 years now, the GRAAF has helped support my dream of becoming an Olympian. It is hard enough trying to make an Olympic team just based off of athleticism alone, but when you throw in all the other life and environmental barriers that get in the way, it can feel impossible. The GRAAF has helped abolish some of those barriers in my life. They have helped me towards working to the best of my potential and capabilities. They have made what some would deem impossible, so much more realistic.
Due to the substantial amounts of generosity from the GRAAF, I am faster than I ever have been, ranked higher in the U.S and in the world than I ever have. I have been able to travel, train, and compete in countries all over the world. They have helped me qualify for multiple USA Track and Field teams, where I have been able to represent my country and my hometown, Rochester, with pride. They have made access to resources, that are necessary for an elite athlete, much more available.
The GRAAF has made a large and positive impact on my life. I am incredibly thankful I found such a wonderful organization to help me to grow as an athlete, and follow along with me on my venture to qualifying for the Olympic team.