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Former Olympic hurdler swings for a good cause

June 20, 2003

 Two time gold medalist Roger Kingdom is hoping to help young kids clear any hurdles that block their way from obtaining a college education.

The Vienna native hosted his first annual Roger Kingdom Celebrity Golf Classic Friday at Veterans State Park golf course.

 Among those who played in this fundraiser for Roger's foundation is Ralph Boston, who has won a gold, silver and bronze medals in three Olympic games in the long jump and former Atlanta Hawk Charlie Criss.

Kingdom, who won gold medals in the 1984 and 1988 summer Olympics, has established a foundation that provides academic assistance to middle school kids in hopes it will motivate them to continue their education past high school.

Roger Kingdom said "So many of our your are not going to college. So, if you are not going to college then what do you have to look forward to. If we can offer assistance as far as to try to motivate our kids, teach them, nurture them and guide them in the right direction and offer them assistance to go to school, that is what the foundation is all about."

Roger Kingdom says the first ever golf tournament is the first of three fundraisers he wants for his new foundation.

 A member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Roger Kingdom, who just received his degree from the University of Pittsburgh, is a speed and conditioning coach for professional, college and high school athletes.

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