This week, as Central seventh-grader Tionna Brown prepares for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics, several community fundraising events are planned.
The USA Junior Olympics are July 20-27 in Humble, Texas. Brown competes for the Kats for a Cure Track Club.
Recently, Brown won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and was runner-up in the long jump in her age group at the USATF Youth Championships. In her 11-12 age group, Brown has the fastest times in the country.
From 7-10 p.m., Wednesday, there will be a chaperoned celebration party at the Carver Community Center, 1030 N. Purdum, for ages 15 and under. The party will have radio-friendly music. Admission is $3.
Friday, until meals are gone, there will be a fundraiser at 302 N. Calumet St. Dinners are pork shoulders and chicken-leg quarters with two sides. Pre-orders are being accepted and can be delivered by calling 765-398-1749. Dinners are $7-$10. Deliveries begin at 10 a.m.
Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 3a.m., there will be a fundraiser at Cartier's Lounge, 1105 N. Main St. Admission is $5.
In addition, Brown's success has encouraged others to join the Kokomo-based club. The club is open to all grade-school through high school students. Practice is at 7 p.m. at Kokomo High School's Walter Cross Field. For additional information, call 765-865-5412.
"This has really been a blessing and we are just beginning," said K.O. Jackson, the club's coach and Kokomo High School's girls track and field coach. "... We are focused on winning and we thank everyone who supports this terrific young lady. She is putting in the hard work, but it takes all type of support to get to the meets."